Detailed Observation

Date2018-11-30
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

On Catchers Mit found a snowpack that was shallow at 3000-3500 feet 80 cms. The snow quickly became deeper with elevation 180 cms at 4000 feet and 270 cms at 5000 feet. On Loveland basin the previous day the numbers were very similar. The surface snow below 3500 feet consisted of a few inches of dry over a rain crust. Above 3500' this crust went away and was 6-8" of consolidated new snow. We skied from catchers Mit down onto worthington glacier and didn't see any prevelant surface hoar formation, even though this is an area where you would expect this with the last two days of cold, calm and clear. Any surface hoar observed throughout the day was isolated. Last two days found good stability, with new snow bonded well to the old snow on S,E through NE aspects sampled.

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