Firm snow in Bloody Couloir

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Bloody Mountain
Submission Info
Sunday, January 17, 2021 - 12:15pm
Bloody Couloir 37° 33' 54.1008" N, 118° 54' 37.5732" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

0-45cm - consolidated facets 1-2mm, 4 finger hardness

45 cm - 2 cm ice crust layer - layer of greatest concern with new snow

45-150cm - consolidated snow, 4 finger to 1 finger hardness

150-160cm - Knife hardness wind slab

 

 

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Snowpack photos: 
Looking down towards Laurel Lakes
Looking up the couloir from the apron
Any other comments about the observation or links to outside pages that have more info on the observation: 

Despite dry conditions and recent warm weather, we elected to investigate Bloody Couloir, approaching from Laurel Lakes and booting the chute. Upward travel was difficult, featuring very hard wind slab on top of softer, consolidated snow. We climbed to 11,600, reaching the middle of the chute and sheltering under the first significant rock feature. We observed no rockfall while in the chute, no signs of recent slide activity, and no other tracks. However, small rocks and debris had been deposited in the chute from wind events and/or previous rockfall. 

After digging the pit, we elected to transition and ski down, worried about firm, difficult skiing in the upper couloiur. The snow on the descent was stable and predictable, with terrain and protruding rock due to thin snowpack being the biggest hazards. We experienced no breakable crust, and several pockets of softer, wind drifted snow on top of the firm upper layer. 

Weather Observations
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
None
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