Observation: Girdwood

Location: Crow Creek

Route & General Observations

We did a few laps in the sun in the Crow Creek area today. We dug one snowpit to the ground on a southern aspect at about 2000′ and found the weakest snowpack I’ve seen this season. There were multiple layers of faceted snow that didn’t give cause for concern where we were traveling today, but will be a problem with the next load.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear, calm, and cold. Temperatures were single digits below 0F in the parking lot but surprisingly pleasant in the sun.

Snow surface

The surface snow was mostly near-surface facets, which skied great but will be an issue when we start loading it with wind and storm snow.


This was the weakes snowpack I've seen this year. There was about 1.5' of faceted snow sitting on top of the Thanksgiving crust. The setup wasn't an issue today since there was no slab on top, but it does not look like it will support much weight. This will be a dangerous snowpack when the next round of active weather arrives tomorrow. More details and snowpit information in attached photos.

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