Route & General Observations
Toured to Basketball via Taylor Creek to encounter lots of wind affected snow in Taylor Pass & strong wind gusts, maybe 30-40mph. Dropped into Gold Pan to discover more hard, wind affected snow. Toured into SuperBowl from Gold Pan and exited via the west side of Magnum.
Obvious signs of instability
|Recent Avalanches?||No||Collapsing (Whumphing)?||No||Cracking (Shooting cracks)?||Yes|
When entering Super Bowl I initiated at 50+ foot long shooting crack out from my ski. The crack was maybe 6 inches deep and 1.5 inches wide.
Partially cloudy, windy, 25-30 degree temps.
Taylor Pass- hard wind affected snow. Gold Pan- hard wind affected snow and a slight melt-freeze crust. SuperBowl- top portion was hard and wind affected but lower bowl contained mostly settled and protected powder.