Observation: Portage / Placer

Location: Skookum drainage

Route & General Observations

Skookum Glacier to multiple valleys on south side of drainage. High point 3,300′ ish. One small natural wind slab.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

One small natural wind slab on East facing subridge on south side of Skookum drainage, ~3,000' in elevation. Estimated at 200' wide, 6" deep, running only around 100'.
*Wind loading by outflow NW winds at elevations above 2,000'.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Mostly sunny. Strong ridgetop winds from NW, snow transport and plumes widespread along ridgelines. Temps in the 20'sF.

Snow surface

4-8" of soft powder snow over a firmer wind effected base.


Only assessed the new/old snow interface. Around 10-16" of settled storm snow from the past two systems (last 5 days).

Pit: NE @ 1,200'
ECTP 13,15,11 all three tests failed 10" down on weak snow right at the new/old snow interface. Weak layer was a mix of stellars and near surface facets. Roughly 1" thick layer of near surface facets sits on a stout crust at this elevation.

Informal pit at 3,000', W aspect.
16" storm snow over weak older snow (no crust seen). Stubborn hand pit, much more stubborn that pit at 1,200'.

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