Snow pit profile, and general photo observations
Yesterday our party of two traveled to the base of Hillman’s Highway to practice pit digging and field observations. We chose to dig the pit in the bottom portion of Hillman’s since it’s still early season, but discussed that we wouldn’t have been . . .
There was plenty of snow moving in the Ravine in both directions across the bowl. There was no large crown lines or debris piles to be found. Maybe a few small slides out of the choke in central. The bottom of all the gullies look very full of wind . . .
Soft slab avalanche. E Slope, approx 35 degree slope angle.
Avalanche spanning a majority of the headwall. Some details unknown due to poor visibility. It appears to have started Center Headwall, first smaller avalanche failed mid slab, which then . . .
Human triggered soft slab avalanche. E Slope, approx 30 degrees. Party of one, snowboarder, triggered, caught, carried, not buried as reported by said snowboarder. Crown line starts low in Sluice spans under Sluice Buttress/Sluice Ice. This . . .
The snowboarder above me who was the only other person in Hillmans let of a slab about 35 feet wide right under this boulder 2/3 up Hillmans. There is a debris field about 100 feet long and 35 feet wide, or a almost as wide as Hillmans at that point. . . .
Light to moderate snowfall, mostly rimed particles and full round graupel and blowing snow. 20-30mph+ in our location, 60-80mph westerly on the summit.
“Whumpfing” (x4) and shooting cracks observed. Surface wind slabs to 6″ were . . .
Sky OVC. GR. East Aspect. Moderate West winds.
CT11 SP 1mm facets down 30cm
Isolated pockets that are holding snow were becoming reactive during today’s storm. Lots of big wind, with mixed frozen particles were being deposited and transported. The small isolated pocket below the second pitch of upper Hitchcock was becoming . . .
The new snow was in abundance all the way along the Cog tracks, allowing continuous skinning from the parking lot to the auto road crossing, with some really nice skiing from below the transformer portage (i.e., a few hundred vertical above Jacob’s . . .