Observation: Summit

Location: Japanese Trees

Route & General Observations

Pro 2 class toured up Japanese trees up standard track. We toured from 1200ft up to 2600ft on a east and northeast aspect of summit mountain. Winds were light throughout the day and from the SW with periods of light snowfall, accumulation rates of less than 1 cm/hour. We were able to feel the well developed facets above the Halloween Crust at all aspects and elevations we toured today and this became our layer of most concern. We tested this layer around 2200 feet on a ENE aspect and were able to get it to propagate.

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Observer Comments

Observed some small cracking on isolated terrain features near tree line.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Overcast, S-1 light SW winds. Saw some sign of light wind transport. Temp was 17 degrees at 2500'

Snow surface

20cm ski pen. Quality snow in trees with some variable wind slab development above tree line.


pit @ 2200' HS 110cm ESE 38ยบ slope. CT17Q1, ECTP25, PST40/110 end all down 82cm in facets above Halloween Crust.
Another pit at 2640' on NE aspect. 20cm new snow on top, lying over another 12 cm of 4-finger slab, that was sitting on the uppermost crust. ECTP17 44CM deep. This pit was significantly shallower than the lower elevation pit.

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