Observation: Summit

Location: Manitoba

Route & General Observations

Standard Manitoba uptrack up to west ridge

Temps in the 20’s, slight warming in the afternoon
Winds calm
Good visibility during ascent, light precipitation during descent.

Obvious Signs Of Instability
Recent Avalanches-No
Shooting Cracks-No
Collapsing – No
Whomphing – No

Surface Obs
@ treeline – 3cm new snow. HS ~60cm.
@ ridge – 4-5 cm new snow, some intermittent wind loading (thin slabs and pillowing).

Pit @ 3250′
We dug a pit below the corniced W ridgeline of main bowl. Aspect W. Slope angle 24.
HS 135cm. Found the buried surface hoar layer intact 40cm from top. It is sitting on 1F snow.
The new snow on top of surface hoar is still soft and not formed too cohesive of a slab. While
this persistent weak layer is a structural concern in the snowpack, it was not too reactive in our
Test results: All failed at buried surface hoar. CT14SC, CT21SC, CT24SC. ECTN (but pounding on
it once hard after 30 taps, it did propagate clean and fast through the whole column)

We skied the slope keeping angles low. Many other skiers were out there enjoying the post
solstice freshies.

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