GMT course obs- Gothic CG to Top of the World

CBACCBAC Observations

Date of Observation: 02/17/2023
Name: Zach Kinler and Eric Murrow

Zone: Northwest Mountains
Route Description: Top of the World down to Gothic CG and back. 9,600′-11,500′.

Observed avalanche activity: Yes
Avalanches: Observed a couple of small wet loose avalanches running from rocky, steep south-facing terrain near Mt. Bellview around 12:00 pm. D1 in size.
Weather: Clear skies and calm winds. Below zero temps at the trailhead in the morning gave way to temps at or just above freezing once out of the inversion in the valley floor.
Snowpack: We traveled primarily on slopes facing E-SE-S along the GMT course. No signs of instability were observed underfoot. Open areas near tree line had variable thin wind crusts while sheltered areas were lightly faceted and soft. Snow surfaces on SE and S slopes were moist by midday. HS on an east-facing slope at 10,100 was 185cm. A profile of the upper snowpack on this slope produced 1 hard propagating result and 1 non-propagating result in an ECT on the late January interface. This interface was a thin, 4-finger hard facet layer below a 1-finger slab.