Avalanches in Headwall area
By Frank Carus | MWAC forecaster
Date of Observation: December 8, 2018 11:00 AM
Location of Observation: Headwall area
Toured up to the mouth of Right Gully. Carefully avoided the floor and the run-outs of Center Bowl and Chute which have reloaded with more wind transported snow. Snow was soft and very reactive in the sheltered locations low in the Ravine, but stiffened to finger hardness in areas exposed to the wind (the slope between Lobster Claw and Right Gully particularly). Softer layers existing at various depths beneath with clean shears in a couple of interfaces closer to the surface (~20-30cm down but obviously variable by location). Skied cautiously on wind affected but smooth snow to lunch rocks. Sluice was primed with thicker wind slab and well worth avoiding until it heals or avalanches.
Sobering view of debris piles beneath the Lip. Wondered if the Open Book filled in and avalanched along with the rest of the Lip. Avalanches are pushing further onto the floor.
Little Headwall and the streambed still have a lot of open water and are unskiable.