Observation: Other Regions

Location: Seward - Mt Marathon

Route & General Observations

Skied Mt Marathon to a bit short of the summit. Stopped to avoid potential, but not observed instabilities from solar warming, outflow wind transport, and thin spots in the snowpack.

Pit @ 3700 ft, east aspect, 45 degrees.
Height of Snow > 4 meters
Height of Pit: 1.5 meters
CT12 Q3 15cm
CT24 Q2 40cm

ECTN15 15cm
ECTN24 40 cm

15 cm layer was at storm snow interface under Friday’s convective snow showers. I could not identify a layer or weakness for the 40 cm layer, just a mid storm layer.

1.5 meter boot penetration @ 4500 feet. No joke, unbelievably deep snow.

No signs of instabilities.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
Please provide details to help us determine the weather and snowpack during the time this observation took place.

Showers, mostly cloudy, light outflow winds.

Snow surface

No surface hoar observed, will look more carefully tomorrow.