Detailed Observation

Date2018-12-28
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Dug a pit on Crudbusters at 4000' N aspect 35 degree slope. The temp was 21 F, Scattered clouds, and calm.  The Snowpack height was 250 cms at this location.  On shovel shear tests found 3 Q1 shears with sudden planar character at 50,65, and 90 cms down from the surface. There was also a Q2 with resistant planar at 30 cms down.   On stability tests an Extended Column tests only had reaction at the 50 cm layer that was ECTN29.  The layer interface consisted of rounding facets.   At 3000' there was 180 cms of snow. There was no wind affect on the surface snow.

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