Observation: Summit

Location: Colorado

Route & General Observations

We toured up Colorado to check stability and get out. Snow was damp and fun with patches of sun throughout the day. The results of our stability tests indicated no propagation.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Broken clouds for most of the day with an occasional greeting from the sun. Winds were transporting snow around 3:30 pm.

Snow surface

Smooth and damp with some rollers.


We dug pits at 2000' on an ESE aspect, 28 degree slope. The 2 facets layers down 84cm and 88cm in the 2 crust layers had rounded quite a bit. Shovel Test failed between the crust combo with hard results. The basal facet layer was more compact and damp. CT Test ranged from CT23 at the ground, CT23 PC down 105 and CTX. All of our ECT tests did not show propagation. Took temps every 10cm. Overall the snowpack is warm with minor temp gradients.

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