CB Avalanche Center2014-15 Observations

NAME: Krista
DATE: 2/1/15
LOCATION: Snodgrass
Elevation: 10,000

WEATHER: Mostly clear with steady winds from the north/nw 15mph w gusts 20+

SNOWPACK/AVALANCHE OBS: Toured up Snodgrass with level 1 Avy class. HS 100cm. Found several layers in the upper 20cm of the snowpack. Wind crust, buried surface hoar, decomposing new snow particles, buried surface hoar again, then ice/sun crust (5cm!) and then another layer of buried surface hoar. Upon digging, the upper pack collapsed. First time above sun crust, second time below crust, failing both times on buried surface hoar layers and failing both times while digging. Persistent slab buried deeper in the snow pack was not reactive to snow tests.