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Gareth Brown said : Report Subscribe Dec 06, 2018 at 8:26 AM

Attached below is a pit dug on Lower Loveland Basin on Tuesday. In a few places that I have dug below 4000 feet I have found the second rain crust down to have quite a clean shear (SC-Q1) on this pit. Above 4500 feet the snow structure is different and the rain crusts wouldn't be present.

  • 04/12/2018
Karen said : Report Subscribe Dec 05, 2018 at 4:33 PM

Noon to 2:00. Flat light. Calm winds. Southern ridge of Catchers Mitt. 0 Celsius. 4-8cm roller balls forming on SSE face of ridge. Top 10cm of snowpack was moist. At 2900' probed a bench on the NW face of the ridge. Snow 60cm deep. Probed through a uniform pack to a narrow ice crust at about 50cm deep. Weak layer was between ice crust and ground.

  • 12/5/2018
Gareth Brown said : Report Subscribe Dec 04, 2018 at 11:06 AM

The attached full profile was dug at a location that was not heavily loaded by S storm wind. This pit shows 15 CMS new snow, but some areas loaded by the wind were much deeper. 30-45cms~. These loaded areas were sensitive to triggers. Numerous size 1-2 natural avalanches were observed on a variety of aspects as well as a 2.5 off the base of the catchers mitt cliffs "Bottom or Ricks Ditch"

  • 03/12/2018
Kyle Sobek said : Report Subscribe Dec 02, 2018 at 6:24 PM

54 mile/North side of Rice Mountain- Low coverage overall, 1' of softer powder at 4000' with 2-3' base of firmer snow. No natural signs of instability. A good amount of wind loading from the from the south wind, some areas were not affected.

  • 02/12/2018
Sarah Carter
PWSC Avalanche Rec 1 Class said : Report Subscribe Dec 02, 2018 at 4:27 PM

Traveling up Loveland ridge noon to 3 pm. Overcast day with flat light. Winds and snowfall increasing throughout afternoon. Minimal snow accumulation observed. 8-10cm thick rain crust under varying depths of storm/wind slab. ECT in a north facing wind loaded slope resulted in ECTP23 Q1 sudden planar fracture 68cm down from surface on top of rain crust observed. Snow below and above rain crust were faceted.

  • 02/12/2018

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