Today was the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage Center Ridge Backcountry Ski Tour. We followed the standard route up to the weather station and beyond… Visibility was limited by blowing snow, but at times we could see across to Tincan and Magnum. Several inches of snow accumulated between 10:30am-3:45pm.
The snowfall rate increased over the course of the tour from light to heavy. Winds picked up as well and we had a couple gusts on the ridge we had to brace against.
New snow, crust
Eric Cannon and I dug quick pits on the Center Ridge ramp to the weather station in advance of the tour group heading up the hill.
GPS Location: 61 06.164N, 149 43.128W
Slope angle 24
Elevation: on lowest face of the ramp, lookers left side (gps elevation seems off based on topo)
Pit Depth= 100cm from top
Snowpack depth = 180cm
STH 30cm Q3
Prying the column produced a shear Q2 at 80cm
Snowpack was refrozen at the top and still wet at the bottom
weather at the time was overcast with light snow; light to moderate NNE wind