Detailed Observation

Date2018-12-23
LocationValdez
ObserverKaren
AvalancheN

General Observations

Cracked Ice arena. Calm winds. 5-12 degrees.good visibility.

At 3000’ probed a crusty layer at 40 cm.

20-30 cm powder up to 3500’. Wind affected snow above 3500’ with shallow wind crust forming on western facing slope.

Observed a persistent slab release on western slope below cornice on RFS.

Observed a 400’ glide crack on western facing slope above Cracked Ice gully.

Observed a 500’ plus glide crack on south face of Loveland.

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