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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1385263800November 24, 2013 3:30Summit - Summit PassSkier triggered avalanche on West facing aspect of sugar ridge at 3000'. Let loose while traversing above windloaded rollover, broke 8"-14" down on top of 4" of faceted snow above the ground then ste …
1385042400November 21, 2013 2:00pmSummit - Summit Lake/Carter Lake AreaSnow is dry and winds have picked up blowing snow at upper elevations. This new snow is not bonding well with the base. In steep terrain such as LV Ray very small powder avalanches were seen runni …
1384696800November 17, 2013 2:00pmSummit - Summit Lake Area, Tenderfooot Ridge United StatesVery Light snow from the Nov. 10th storm, looks as though its been through some warm cold cycles. There are definite signs of point releases mostly on North facing slopes but also on West and south …
1384434000November 14, 2013 1:00pmSummit - Summit Lake AreaToday warm temperatures were starting to melt the surface snow but the underlying snow remained low density facets. Some new Surface Hoar Frost was present in the valley (2mm in size) but was being …
1383829200November 7, 2013 1:00pmSummit - Summit Lake AreaView from Tenderfoot Ridge both north and south.
1383829200November 7, 2013 1:00pmSummit - Summit Lake Area (Tenderfoot)Snow starts at around 2500ft give or take. Dusting to 5cm (2 inches) with very isolated pockets of up to 6 inches of snow in wind loaded areas. These isolated windloaded areas have 2” thin slab …
1368190800May 10, 2013 1:00pmSummit - Lower Butcher Bench - Summit Lake AreaIsothermic mush above 2500'on West aspects. Shin deep boot penetration. Below 2500' skied good before 11am on supportable sun crust. Warming rapidly in hazy sun. Many large wet slides from previous da …
1366934400April 26, 2013 12:00Summit - Hale BopHi Friends! Today we skied at Summit Lake, up the creek between Raven Ridge and Butch to Hale Bop, and down Butcher Creek to Tenderfoot. On the ascent it was crusty to 4,000' then became dry snow wi …
1366416000April 20, 2013 12:00Summit - Manitoba, Summit LakeSkied Manitoba this Saturday under blue skies and the baking sun. Some older sluffs were observed in the steepest chutes. Pockets of hard, shallow wind slabs on varied east and west locations. Skied …
1365724800April 12, 2013 12:00Summit - Tenderfoot - back ridgelineTraveled along the ridgeline of Tenderfoot. Stuck to north aspects (south were dust on crust). Weather: Cold and clear. Temperatures in the teens below treeline and single digits on the ridgeline. Wi …
1364902200April 2, 2013 11:30Summit - Tri-Tip and Tenderfoot RidgeThere is a hefty sun crust forming at the lower elevations that is awful to ski on. It disappears just below treeline and is primarily on West facing and South facing slopes. The snow on the North s …
1364515200March 29, 2013 12:00Summit - TenderfootWeather: Obscured skies with light snowfall (less than 1cm an hour). Past 24-hour snow ~4", medium density. Winds were light from the north with gusts into the teens near and above treeline. Temps wer …
1364256000March 26, 2013 12:00Summit - fresnoSome photos from Fresno ridge on Tuesday 3-26.
1364256000March 26, 2013 12:00Summit - fresno ridgeSkied a few laps on Fresno tuesday. Conditions were quite windblown and windslabbed. Good snow in some areas but stripped and sastrugi in most places. Near treeline on a heavily windloaded pocket …
1363910400March 22, 2013 12:00Summit - Birch Trees/Summit LakeField Observations Obvious signs of unstable snow Collapsing-yes. Medium sized collapse @2,300' on East aspect (see video) No recent avalanches observed No shooting cracks observed Weather Light sn …
1362738600March 8, 2013 10:30Summit - Tenderfoot RidgeTenderfoot Ridge. Top of the Cell Tower Meadow Signs of Instability: No recent avalanches No shooting racks No collapsing Weather: Wind packed powder covering up last weekend's skin track. S-1 preci …
1362156000March 1, 2013 4:40pmSummit - Summit Lake -- Colorado BenchWeather: Warm (0 C), light winds, mostly cloudy/obscured with periods of moderate snowfall (up to S2). Signs of Instability: no recent avalanches observed below 3000' ceiling. no collapsing/cracki …
1362151800March 1, 2013 3:30pmSummit - Summit Lake (Fresno Ridge North Aspect)Here is the pit results and snowpack profile from Friday. Weak layer was moderate to hard pressure to get to react but did propagate once enough force is placed on it. Lots of variability out ther …
1361664000February 24, 2013 12:00Summit - Summit Lake - Fresno, TenderfootFeb.24 Fresno: broken skies with some low cloud skidding over uppers, calm to light north wind, max temp-2C 10:30am-3:30pm Ski pen 20cm, good quality powder, not much recent wind affect below treeline …
1361404800February 21, 2013 12:00Summit - Summit Lake above Birch Trees on Summit PeakThis is the pit dug on Thurseday showing the layers in the snow. We dug a second pit 50' lower on an east aspect and had similar results on new surface layer and failure on the bottom facets ECT30Q …
1361019600February 16, 2013 1:00pmSummit - Butcher Peak and Tenderfoot RidgeToday I saw these avalanches that had come down recently. The one on Butcher Peak was a cornice break that triggered a D-3 avalanche. Must have been a big block to leave as big of an impact mark a …
1360425600February 9, 2013 4:00pmSummit - Sugar Ridge, Near Summit LakeObscured skies when we arrived, significant gusts of winds which seemed to die down until we gained the ridge--wind out of the north. Light snow falling on arrival, medium snow on departure, temps in …
1360334700February 8, 2013 2:45pmSummit - Top of Fresno hillThis pit was dug on top of a ridge in a windblown area in a slight gulley. No observed avalanche activity. Air temp: 30 F Elevation: ~2600 ft HS: 65 cm Ground to 15 cm: Depth Hoar 15 cm to 50 cm: co …
1359729900February 1, 2013 2:45pmSummit - Tenderfoot Ridge (Summit Lake)Today went out to dig pits and check on conditions at Tenderfoot Ridge and found really wet slog skiing up hill and had two natural avalanches come down early afternoon while we were checking condit …
1359554400January 30, 2013 2:00pmSummit - Tenderfoot Ridge (Ski Hill)Today saw many D1 and D2 small to medium size avalanches from new surface slab. The most important one is the one located on Tenderfoot Ridge above the skin track and to the right about 300yrds in f …
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