snow pit Huntington

By Ben Allen

Date of Observation: December 10, 2018  12:00 PM
Location of Observation: lookers right of the Harvard Bulge

We climbed and ski Diagonal, The fan at the bottom on top of the bulge was of greatest concern, hand shear pulled easily we where able to mange and avoid the area on the way up and down. The snow in the gully varied in depth from 50cm to 150cm +. It was mainly F density and getting denser as you dug down. No signs of instability in the line its self, skiing was very nice. the bowl was a mix of the 12/3/18 crust to new wind slab of varying depths


Snowpack observations are one part of the complex puzzle which is your decision to enter avalanche terrain. Some observations may include stability tests. It’s important to understand that the results of a stability tests are seldom conclusive anywhere, but particularly in snow climates and terrain like ours where the primary driver of instabilities is wind drifted snow. Many stability tests exist and each works best with specific avalanche problem types. Stability test results should never be used alone as an indication that a slope or conditions are safe particularly when more obvious red flags are present. Please use this page as part of your information gathering process, but don’t make decisions based on a single piece of information. A good article that summarizes some of the issues associated with snow and avalanche observations can be found here.

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