Detailed Observation

ObserverGareth Brown

General Observations

12/20- Python and Cracked Ice Butresss up to 3000′. Clear/Calm/~5° F/NW-N aspects

Shooting Cracks- Yes

Collapsing- Yes


Skied in a similar area that I had on 12/19 (see observation) and attempted to move out into steeper terrain.  Stepped back to less consequential terrain when I found that 3-4″ of new snow that fell the night of 12/19 was not bonded well to the underlying snow and was reactive.  Shooting cracks running through the new snow were also stepping down to new/old interface from 12/15 in isolated locations, mostly over buried bushes.  Direct, remote and natural triggered avalanches were all observed at this layer ~3″ deep.  No step downs were observed skiing terrain up to 40 °.

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Observed Avalanche Activity