Observation: Summit

Location: Manitoba Mtn

Route & General Observations

Snow pit at 3100 ft, 200 ft. below ridgeline on SW aspect. 20 degree slope.
Total snowpack depth= 62cm.
Isolated pockets collapsing on melt-freeze/facet sandwich 20-25 cm from ground.
Top 40 cm fairly well-bonded to MF layer.

Signs of Instability:
No obvious signs of instability.
ECTX. x 2.

Surface conditions:
Thin wind crust on surface on most aspects above 2600, 5-10 cm thick on S-SW aspects. Good skiing in protected pockets down to hemlocks.

Cold, clear and sunny above 1800′ Valley fog below.