Big creek summit
Big Creek Summit
Date and time of observation:
Fri, 12/13/2019 - 01:41
United States44° 38' 7.5624" N, 115° 48' 0.1404" W
Recent avalanche activity
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsing
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Toured up standard route on ridge line from summit parking area. Thin coverage and upside down snowpack. Felt several whumpfs on way up. Snow became a little deeper and more supportive towards the top. Noticed old crowns on north aspect from during the most recent storm as the crowns were filled back in. Dug a pit on a due north aspect and had poor stability results failing on recent warm snow on lighter snow from last week. Plus failing on old October snow crust. Very discouraging.
Popped onto south aspect and enjoyed tenuous, careful skiing for the upper 500 feet dodging stumps and rocks. Dug a second pit and did not see any old October snow and had better/moderate results in stability tests. Climbed back to the ridge and headed out skin track/ridge line cautiously. Best skiing was off the ridge on low angle terrain.
The overall setup of the snowpack was not particularly inviting. I will be staying out of Avalanche terrain For the foreseeable future.