Observation: Summit

Location: Manitoba

Route & General Observations

Manitoba western aspect to treeline.
Alaska Avalanche School level 1 course, based from Manitoba hut.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

None observed today - minimal visability.
Previous (yesterday) NW wind transporting snow off summits and high elevation ridgelines.

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

Cold and sunny in the morning, near 0 degrees. Late morning quickly turning to overcast and rising temperatures to mid 20's.
Mid-day through evening obscured clouds, light snow and light winds with moderate gusts, variable wind direction.

Snow surface

Powder. 3+ inches of new snow.


Several pits dug throughout treeline area on western aspects.
Large buried Surface Hoar 10cm down from surface, fist hard snow above and below SH.
Obvious weak basal facets, 4 finger/ fist hard.
Height of snow 120-200cm.
Results on basal facets varied from ECTX to ECTP16 to ECTP27