Observation: Summit

Location: Colorado

Route & General Observations

Toured up to about 2700 feet, until snow transitioned into Styrofoam.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Observer Comments

Was able to get small wind slabs to release by skiing above skin track.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Mostly cloudy trending to partly sunny. No wind, temperatures climbing from teens to 20's.

Snow surface

Soft settled powder transitioning to firm Styrofoam above tree line.


Dug one extended column on 30° slope. Overall pit depth 185cm. East aspect, leeward side of tree band, just far enough that wind effect started to make an impact. Ectp2 down 20cm. Ectp30 down 65 cm.

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