Observation: Summit

Location: Manitoba

Route & General Observations

Toured up the standard Manitoba route to 3400′ just below the final bump up to summit.

***Snow noticeably started to pickup at Johnson Pass on the way back to Turnagain and began to snow 1″/hr around 5 pm

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

None observed. Upper elevation wind stiffened snow had localized cracking

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Overcast with periods of completely obscured mixed pockets of good vis.
Very light snow
Moderate easterly winds
Temps in the teens and low 20Fs

Snow surface

Trace of new snow over soft settled snow
Above treeline the snow was wind effected and a variable mix of hard wind crust, stiff drifts and soft snow


1100' - 2000': 3"-1' of loose faceting snow over a melt freeze crust on the ground
2000' - 2500' 1-2' of loose faceting snow over a melt freeze crust with larger grain facets/melt forms on a melt freeze crust at ground some area have pockets of wind crust
2500' - 3400' 2-3' of snow (See pit photo) Buried surface hoar was found 20 cm down. There is still moist snow on the ground. This may have something to do with the glide avalanches.

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