Observation: Summit

Location: Manitoba

Route & General Observations

Standard route from parking lot to summit of Manitoba. Thin snow and rain crust from the parking lot up to tree line. Snow and ski quality above treeline = v excellente’. No red flags observed.

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

Overcast skies, upper 20s to lower 30s *F temps, light wind and snow all day

Snow surface

rain crust on the surface from the parking lot up to treeline. Soft new snow from treeline to the summit.


Below tree line the snow pack was thin . Above tree line snow thickened between 1 and 1.5m, generally right side up, and good structure. The bottom 10-20cm was composed of moist rounds, below one to two melt freeze crusts. Above these basal layers was consistent snow/structure to the surface. Snow structure observed in several hand pits along the up track.

One snowpit @3100ft, west aspect, 28* slope, height of snow 1.55m. Results: CT 9 45cm from surface, and ETCN 12 45cm from the surface. Layer of failure was the assumed new snow interface.