Philips Gem Cog railway

January 24, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Name: Ben Allen| Acadia Mountain Guides
Location: 4200ft Top of slide path NW aspect 25-30 degrees of slope angle

The snow pack varied in depth from 85cm to 125cm. There was no crust on top of the Jan 15 snow storm. The structure of the snowpack was decent where I did some digging and hand hardness test. The snow from the ground to the Christmas Rainer was well pack and pencil hard. On top of the Christmas rain layer was 30cm from the jan 15 storm which has settled in to a F to 4F slab. On top of it all was 15cm to 20cm of low density snow from the last week. The thing to note was at the bottom of the Jan 15 layer 10cm of it are begging to weaken. The F density facets are still small but were just visible to the eye. If cold temp persit I would look for this layer to grow and weaken on norther aspects. The line already had several tracks in it and any testable snow was disturb so stability test were not achievable. It skied very nicely.