Observation: Summit

Location: Little Japan

Route & General Observations

Toured up to 2200 feet above main open meadow

Weather & Snow Characteristics
Please provide details to help us determine the weather and snowpack during the time this observation took place.

9* at car. Light snow with south wind for first two hours of tour. Overcast for most of the day. Calm, clearing, and no wind by last lap of the day.

Snow surface

Notable hoarfrost between 1700-2000 feet. Otherwise settled light unconsolidated snow. Very small wind crust noted while skiing at about 1800-1900 feet


Able to penetrate to ground with ski-pole throughout tour.
Performed two extended column tests at 2100 feet.
HS for both: 60 cm. East facing.
First: ECTP12 at ground. Second: ECTX
Lots of spatial variability, no other signs of instability while skinning or skiing.