Observation: Summit

Location: Tenderfoot

Route & General Observations

Toured up west ridge of Tenderfoot to 3100′. Very poor skiing below 2000′, where the surface is a breakable crust or impenetrable ice where previous skiers have traveled. Above 2000′, the snow transitions to chalky powder along the ridge. Overall a nice, sunny day for a tour on Tenderfoot.

Red Flags
Red flags are simple visual clues that are a sign of potential avalanche danger. Please record any sign of red flags below.
Observer Comments

All avalanches seen are believed to have run during the recent storm cycles.

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

19 degrees F @ 1300 at Tenderfoot CG. Calm wind, partly cloudy skies. No precip.
23 degrees F @ 1600 at Tenderfoot CG. Calm wind, partly cloudy skies. No precip.

Snow surface

Breakable ~1" crust below 2000'. Snow line is at about 2000'. Crust can be found below Tuesday's new snow to about 3000'. Widespread surface hoar growing at all aspects and elevations traveled.


Dug on a SW aspect at 3100', 23 degree slope. HS=90 cm. ECTP18 down 65 cm on 3mm Thanksgiving facets. The propagation was very "energetic". Buried surface hoar was found in the pit, but was not reactive in stability tests.

Photos & Video
Please upload photos below. Maximum of 5 megabytes per image. Click here for help on resizing images. If you are having trouble uploading please email images separately to staff.