Observation: Girdwood

Location: Crow Creek Area

Route & General Observations

Short tour up to the top of the south facing meadow on Goat.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Broken cloud cover and calm to light winds. Temperatures were warm.

Snow surface

Ski supportable 10 cm thick melt freeze crust. Not supportable for boots, I sunk to the ground when stepping out of my skis at our snowpit.


The total snow height in this area has shrunk from roughly 100 cm in mid December to roughly 75 cm now at treeline elevations. That is because the Christmas storm fell at least partially as rain or wet snow which has added a lot of water to the snowpack and should add strength as it freezes. We had an ECT N 26 at the interface with the new snow and the old snow surface and a partial propagation on the facets above the Thanksgiving crust with extra force ECT N 31. Neither of these results had much energy when they failed.

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