Observation: Summit

Location: Manitoba

Route & General Observations

Standard route to summit of Manitoba. Stopped a few hundered feet short of summit on west ridge to dig pit on south aspect. 8-12 inches of new dense heavy powder all the way up. A few localized collapses observed below tree line putting in fresh skin track.

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

No avalanches observed. A lot of severe wind affect on exposed ridges of most aspects. Minor localized collapses.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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8-12 inches fresh dense heavy powder. High cloud cover, some blue sky and patchy fog. Slight downslope breeze. 29.7 F in Parking lot (10am), 24.7F at pit location ( 1:30pm).

Snow surface

Dense heavy powder. Breakthrough crust at times underneath new storm snow, mostly below tree line. Wind crust developing at Manitoba Summit.


Dug pit at 110cm snow depth. Obvious weak layers at 65cm and 70cm. ECT 7-8 Result affecting 1/3 of column. ECT 26 Q2. Temp gradient min/max .6F/.8F per 10cm. 26.9F at 50cm, 23.3F at 100cm, 24.7F air temp.

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