Snow pit in Gulf of slides Gully #1

By Christopher J L Damboise | Norway avalanche

Date of Observation: December 20, 2018  11:10 AM
Location of Observation: Gulf of slides about 4000 feet up skiers right in Gully #1`(shade side of the path)

Snow surface was dry at the pit but sun exposed slopes saw some surface melt. Air temp warm ~30 deg. cloud cover 0%
Snow pit
east slope at 30 deg steep 4000 feed above sea level.
Snow depth 120 cm
ECTX
There were no strong boundaries in the snow layers with small rounds .5-1mm in size 1f-4f hardness bottom of the snowpack was more faceted grains still small in size.


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