Sargents

Location Name: 
Sargents
Region: 
Brundage Out of Bounds
Date and time of observation: 
Wed, 02/20/2019 - 16:02


Red Flags: 
Recent avalanche activity
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

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

Quick Ob from the afternoon.

Skied east and west facing.

Approximately 18” of low density storm snow siting on a variety of surfaces, slightly firmerbase  on east aspects.

Quick pole columns were hard to isolate at lower elevations (road cuts on the approach) on slopes steeper than 35 degrees.  Failure was in upper 4-6".  This will likely settle out. 

From the meadow up (approx. 6800’) I was able to isolate the upper 18-24” on all aspects.  Columns broke with a moderate tap from behind with more of a break than a shear (Q3).   Columns mostly broke at the base of the upper low density snow. 

Wind exposed areas contained less low density snow and a variety of soft slabs, none being very reactive.

I saw one natural that released over some rocks above the rocks in the steep bowl to the south of the peak.  Estimate Approx. 4-6” deep and 20’ wide.

Some piont releases did entrain snow and cause additional sluffing.

My primary red flag would be if the sun comes out the next couple of days, it’s that time of the year and low density snow is particularly reactive to sun/warming.

Moderate hazard in this area, I think today’s forecast was spot-on.

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Air temperature trend: 
Static