March 19, 2020
March 20, 2020
Zone or Region:
Sawtooth and Western Smoky Mtns
Profile Lake - Thompson Peak - 4 Steps - Thompson Saddle
Did you observe any avalanches? Yes
Size 2: Could bury, injure, or kill a person
We saw several wet loose avalanches from the day prior or a couple days prior. A member of our group had been to the area approximately 1 week before and noted these were new avalanches.
We observed graupel throughout the profile basin and on Thompson peak varying in size from 2-5mm. This could present an interesting problem once additional snow falls on top of it. Overall, stability was good on all aspects, and we did not observe any avalanche problems. Wet loose avalanches were not a concern today, and we did not observe roller balls or "trenchy" snow. Snow on Northerly aspects was still cold winter snow, snow on Southerly aspects turned to corn, but did not get overly warm.