Red Cone Approach

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Red Cone Approach
Submission Info
Forecaster
Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 3:30pm
Red Flags: 
Recent avalanche activity
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Obvious avalanche path
Red Cone Approach 37° 35' 55.6548" N, 119° 1' 8.9652" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

 

New snow is settling slowly due to the cold temepratures. Supportive if you have a light touch. Wind picking up from the NW, small snow banners present. Wind loading on E-SE aspects. 

Crowns noted:

RedCone Bowl released during the storm cycles. Crown visble from mid bowl to first chute on skier's left, 2-3' X 200'. Partially filled.

Ships Prow, ~ 2' x 200'. Partially filled.

Lake George Headwall, small crown visble in the rocks. Crown 6-12"x50'.

Inverted snowpack still evident. The denser layer near the snow surface noted the previously is gaining stength. Stability test mod failures all Q3. CTM 13 (Q3), CTM 15 (Q3), CTM 15 (Q3). Snow is amazingly well preserved throughout the new snow. Snow flake braches still clearly visble.

Still quite unconsolidated. One hazard not to underestimated is falling and the difficulty of getting back on your skis with snow this deep and unconsolidated. A head long fall could be fatal due to suffication.  

 

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Cooling
Wind Direction: 
Northwest
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 
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