Observation: Summit

Location: Manitoba

Route & General Observations

Standard uptrack. Lots of grass once off the atv trail and headed up to the first bump “minitoba(?)”.

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

Whumphing reported near the top of the main face by another group. We did not hear any whumphing.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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1'+ of nice powder on top of 2-3" of crust on top. Snowing most of the day but not very hard.

Snow surface

Pretty thin coverage all over, but the gully in the middle of the main face had nice snow. About a foot of powder on top of a solid crust. Deeper in some spots.


Dug a pit near the top of the main face in the gully where it was wind filled. 2-3" of facets (some very large, 3-4mm) facets shrunk and turned to a harder crust. 15" of powder where we dug the pit. Quick column test failed at 2 taps from the top. The failure was a pretty subtle slump with little energy behind it. Slope was 28* at the pit.

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