Observation: Summit

Location: Manitoba

Route & General Observations

Standard uptrack to the peak. No signs of recent avalanches on Fresno or Colorado.

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

Stayed below freezing for our adventure. Light winds from the N, no precip. Clouds were buiding with the onset of the front, hopefully some snow overnight!

Snow surface

Parking lot to 2000' crust on the surface. 2000' to 2700' 6cm snow above 2 crusts ~1F hardness and punchy.


We dug 2 pits. Pit #1 at the same site from last week on a W aspect 20 degree slope at 2650'. Pit measured 46cm depth with 2 1F+ crusts 8cm down that failed in CT tests between the crusts. (CT6, CT5 Sudden Collapse) Facets were visible. CT 13x2 and ECTP19 (Resistant Planar) failed down 46cm on depth hoar. Depth hoar is rounding and moist. This double crust disappeard around 2700', replaced with a thin crust to 3000' ~4F hardness with no results, good riding. Pit #2 W aspect 26 degree slope at 3000'. Pit measured 62cm depth with results CT12, 13, 22 (Sudden Collapse) down 62cm on depth hoar, ECTX x2. Depth hoar was also moist at this elevation.