Observation: Summit

Location: Manitoba

Route & General Observations

Quick late afternoon lap on Manitoba.

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

Recent cornice triggered storm slab along the ridge from Manitoba towards Silvertip. Noticed a storm slab with its crown filled in on the West face of Templeton (I think that's its name) elevation was between 2500' and 3000'. Guessing maybe 200' wide. Didn't get a pic. Sorry, not a great place to pull over.

I was a little surprised how filled in the Eastern aspects looked along Fresno, Colorado, and Summit peak following the strong winds on Friday night. I suppose the warmer temps likely helped.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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29F at the parking lot at 2pm

Snow surface

Ski pen was 10-15cm
Notice a little more wind stiffened snow near ridge top


Didn't dig any pits. Could feel a very light crust in a few hand pits ~15-20cm below the surface at 1800' and 2500'.

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