Soft slab avalanche off of the ice bulge in the top of the line. The trigger was intentional. The snow ran 200-400 vertical feet. After side steeping the breakable crust the debris pile skied quite well. The photo is looking back up the slope that we . . .
Main photo: Standing in the debris of Odell looking up into Odell
Second Photo: Standing under Odell looking at the Fan with debris having come out of Pinnacle
Third Photo: Looking at South Gully from the floor of the ravine
It appears an avalanche . . .
First clear day after snow event Thursday and Friday. Overall, snow surface is a mix of finger to pencil wind slabs up to 50cm thick, and also to a much lesser extent exposed melt freeze crust that formed during the February 6-7 storm. This 1cm . . .
Snowpack assessment at the base of Lobster Claw/Right Gully. Elevation = 4405, Aspect SE. Test results: CTM(12)SCQ1,26cmdown, 1 mm facets. CTM(18)SCQ1,26 cm down, 1mm facets. ECTN25 Nonplaner Break, Q3 (26 cm down).
Today at 2,400 feet on an eastern aspect of Mt. Willard the snow exhibited shooting cracks and tiny human-triggered slab avalanches (see photos). This was most evident in slough piles below gullies and cliff faces. Though there only seemed to have . . .
We headed into right gully to investigate any potential wind slabs that formed overnight. Blowing snow had ceased as we started our field day around 1000 AM. Wind slabs were unreactive and averaged 6 inches in depth. Our test pits revealed multiple . . .
Instructed an AIARE 1 for Acadia Mountain Guides. Saw what appears to be evidence of a recent small slab release below the buttress between Right Gully and Lobster Claw. See circled in red in the attached pic.
Did some tests on N aspect of Bowl at . . .
Overall calm and unseasonably warm temperatures the last 72 hours in the alpine. The combination of sun and warm temperatures Friday on Southeast aspects at and below 4k softened the snow surface which then locked it up in those locations this . . .
*Large grain (5 to 6+ mm) facets on snow surface below tree line on the west side
*Mix of crust and soft, chunky wind affected snow in east snowfields- did not ski very well
*Soft (4F / F) wind slab of varying depth on rain crust in Oakes (~4800 ft, . . .
Checkerboard of ice crust and firm windslab. The gully’s appear scoured in places and loaded in others.