Observation: Summit

Location: Fresno SE Ridge

Route & General Observations

Skied alders/trees on east side of Fresno starting at Manitoba lot. High point ~2800′ on SE Ridge.

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

Shooting cracks in areas of wind deposited snow. We were able to kick off a small wind slab on a test slope. Wind slab was 6"-10" thick and barely hanging on to a stout crust. Easy initiation and propagation.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Snowing on and off all day. No real accumulation at the car because of warm temps. Maybe 4" of new snow up higher. Moderate winds earlier in the day decreased in the afternoon.

Snow surface

Breakable crust, wind buff, cold and hot pow depending on aspect and elevation. Snow quality diminished drastically below 1500'.


No formal stability tests besides stomping on test slopes.

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