|Location:||Archangel Rd/Snow Bird|
Route & General Observations
Took the typical up-route to the Snowbird hut. All south facing aspects with rocks exposed are heating and have wet slides/point release avalanches filling the gullies. Early morning hours provides firm icy conditions that transform quickly with the afternoon sun.
|Trigger||Natural||Avalanche Type||Wet Loose Snow||Aspect||South|
|Elevation||3000ft||Slope Angle||40deg||Crown Depth||unknown|
3:20 pm we heard and saw a wet slide from the wall facing south behind the Snowbird Hut, starting high from rocks. Also, on the exit this morning we crossed ~8 avalanche debris piles, as opposed to the 3 we crossed on Tuesday morning.
Obvious signs of instability
|Recent Avalanches?||Yes||Collapsing (Whumphing)?||No||Cracking (Shooting cracks)?||No|
Rapid warming in the afternoons, isothermal snow on south facing aspects
Clear sunny, below freezing temps the hut elevation.
Approach: Isothermal snow or 1-2" slush on hard pack. Snowbird Glacier: 3-4" soft snow with surface hoar on top of firm snow.