Sargents East Facing

Location Name: 
Sargents - East Facing
Region: 
Brundage Out of Bounds
Date and time of observation: 
Thu, 01/10/2019 - 14:00
Location Map: 
United States
45° 1' 17.4468" N, 116° 7' 39.2016" W
US


Red Flags: 

Observation made by: Public
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

No snow pit today.  I isolated a quick ECT at 7,700’ on east facing Sargents.  Snow surface in this exposed area was generally supportable wind crust with 1-2” of new snow on top.  Two results as follows:

ECTP 20, Q2 at 8” and ECTP 20 Q2 at 18”.  Both hard planer.  Photo of results, black phone case is sitting on top of upper wind slab, gloves are sitting on upper and lower propagation surfaces.  Upper slab is 1-finger/pencil hardness, lower slab is 2-finger.  This was a quick hand test on an ECT that I isolated with my ski pole and indicates that wind slabs will propagate, but may take some force.  Ski penetration on the upper slab was <1” while skiing or skinning.

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
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2nd photo: Cornices were sensitive today.  All kicks broke easily and a bit further back than expected, it is time to start giving them some room.

I did not overserve any red flags today.

Overall, I would say a moderate hazard in this east facing area.  There are pockets of basal facets.

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Precipitation: 
Snow
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Direction: 
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

Foggy day. 

2" new snow above 7,000'.  Damp snow below 6,500'.

Some flurries during the day, mostly pellets and needles.