Detailed Observation

Date2019-12-28
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

12/28 Little Girls up to 3000'.   2° F, moderate snowfall, SW winds 20 MPH at 3000'.  

Found settled storm snow to be 80-20cm's deep depending upon wind exposure. Wind exposed areas had formed windslab on lee slopes creating upside down snow on the surface. Hand shear tests produced very easy results.  Experienced large collapses and shooting cracks along our route. Did not travel on slopes above 30°.

Picture of shooting cracks caused by a large collapse on a low angle rollover.

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