I was on a crown profile and fact-gathering mission regarding a recent sidecountry avalanche incident, so I have very limited backcountry observations. The upper 5 cm of the snowpack was ugly and weak, similar to most recent observations.
The wind had scoured exposed, flat terrain near 9000'. Wind estimated at light to moderate at 9000' for the brief time I was there.
Dec 12, 2022 11:40 am
Warm Springs Ck - Baldy out-of-bounds/sidecountry
|D2||SS-Soft Slab||O-Old Snow||2ft||
Upper 5cm: 3-4mm SH, then 4cm F (or softer!) faceted PP/DF, then 2-3mm razor crust with thin FC interface above and below the crust.
Crown profile and snowpit photo are attached. See Avalanche Occurrence for other photos and information.
Layer Depth/Date: 50-75cm
Weak Layer(s): Nov 27, 2022 (FC) Dec 8, 2022 (FCsf)
Comments: Problem data and details are specific to this avalanche incident site only. Due to the slope being heavily tracked, the 2xECTX results (failed and propagated with abnormal force/kicking the shovel) were performed too close to the crown and are not meaningful results.
N/A: I was traveling on groomed ski runs, in heavily skied (soft moguls) sidecountry terrain, and in a path that had released a week previous.