Observation: Summit

Location: Tenderfoot

Route & General Observations

Standard uptrack to approximately 3300′ on the ridge.

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

Recent, shallow, wind slab avalanches on adjacent slopes.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Partly sunny, calm wind in the morning, then wind picked up to 10-15mph in the afternoon, temp was 33 degrees F at the road at 3pm

Snow surface

At treeline and above about 8-14" of new snow (variable, N and NW aspects scoured, S and SW aspects loaded). Small wind skin just off the ridge on S aspects, then dreamy powder! Crusty below treeline...


We dug a pit dug at 2,900', WSW face, on a 37 degree slope. Total snow depth was 100cm. ECTP21 SC Q1 80cm down on facets (likely Thanksgiving facet layer) above melt freeze crust. We identified the buried surface hoar layer ~40cm down, but this was not reactive in our tests.

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