Observation: Summit

Location: Colorado

Route & General Observations

Started at 1130 from the highway. About 3” of fresh snow by the highway. Traveled to a high point of 2650 and skied one lap, 4” of light fluffy snow where I stopped. Small south facing features were starting to warm while I was skinning and the snow was wet on the surface.

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Observer Comments

No red flags noted while out today. Saw many loose snow avalanches on steep terrain in the summit area.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Sunny and warm! Clouds were moving around all day but I mostly stayed in the sunshine. Winds were light from the north at the highway and increased in strength as I climbed, no snow blowing on the surface though.

Snow surface

3” of fresh snow at the highway and 4” at 2650. The sun crust that had formed before this last storm was easy to find. There was a lot of variation in thickness and strength…made for some interesting skiing.

When stepping off the skin track my skis would sometimes stay on top the crust and other times would punch through about 12”


The new snow didn’t seem to be bonding well to the crust. Some roller small balls on south facing terrain.

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