Observation: Summit

Location: Mabitoba

Route & General Observations

Nice day skiing the main face of Manitoba.

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Observer Comments

no whumphing observed, oddly.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Thick valley fog all day. Cold, clear, and calm above 2,100ft

Snow surface

Fresh surface hoar from about 2,000ft and up. Largest hoar feathers were in the 2,100 - 2,700 ft band, smaller hoar frost feathers from 2,700 - 3,600. Hoar frost in the skin track used on Saturday.


Snow coverage is very good (35-65 cm total? didn't measure) at 1,200ft - 1,500ft but thins out steadily once above treeline. Skinning past the yurts with such deep snow gave us a lot of hope. But, by ~3,100ft when we looked for a place to dig a pit we probed across the ski face and found 25-40cm of loose powder over ground. No sign of a base snowpack to cover rocks.

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