Red Mt Slabs

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Lookers right of main gully
Submission Info
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 1:30pm
Red Flags: 
Recent avalanche activity
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsing
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Obvious avalanche path
Red mtn right on main left of smaller gully 37° 32' 20.634" N, 118° 43' 59.5056" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Dug pit into winds lab area on ridge separating the main gully and lookers right gully at 9500 ft. 38 degrees, 225cm total depth. Dug to 125 where crust and frozen coarse crystal layer started. From top down, new snow to 5 cm. from 5 to 25 1 finger dense slab to pencil layer. From 27 to 45 is next 1 f slab from 45 to 70 is third slab. 70 to 80 is hard crust and then transition to coarse icy layer.  Compression test. Top 10 cm slab fails cutting out second side Q1 high energy. Second failure at 45 cm ct27 Q2. Sheer test easy Q1 on top 10 cm slab. Moderate Q1 on 10 to 45 cm slab. Rustchblock: R1 on top 10 cm, R2 on 10 to about 25 cm layer.  R3 on next 10 cm slab and R6 at the 45 cm layer. Lots of high winds on ridge. Got a good look at gully wide slide starting from top to bottom of main gully. Worst slabs I've seen this winter several stacked on each other. Cold. Good skiing in sheltered trees.

Weather Observations
More detailed information about the weather: 

Strong ridge top winds. Lots of snow transport from west and south

ESAC receives support from ...