Detailed Observation

https://vimeo.com/387154111
Date2020-01-24
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

1/24- Gully 1 up to 3700′,  2° F at the road, Clear, Mod north east wind, no snow transport except on high ridges, north aspect.  

Collapsing: yes, a couple very large collapses, one which remotely triggered small pieces of cornice to fail 200′ away in a cross loaded gully.  Shooting Cracks: Yes, some 30′ long. Avalanches: Yes, very small avalanches on test slopes.

Found reactive test slopes on the lee side of a cross loaded gully “west aspect”, with wind slab releasing 1-2 feet deep and running to the bottom of the slope, 50 feet.

Where snow was not wind affected or on windward slopes found good stability.  Did not ski slopes above 30°.  See Video below.

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