Observation: Portage / Placer

Location: explorer glacier

Route & General Observations

10-12 inches of dry surface snow from valley bottom to the top of the glacier. Underneath the new snow was a slick bed surface.

Steep terrain on all aspects was riddled with wide-propagating crowns where storm slabs failed likely during or shortly after the last storm.

The WSW ridge overlooking the placer valley was very obviously loaded. The glacier itself did not have any wind effect or slab properties.

No signs of instability beyond the recent avalanches. No formal instability tests were performed. High quality skiing.

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