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Observation: Other Regions

Location: Mt Eva (Seward Area)

Date:
Observer:
Route & General Observations

Toured up Mt. Eva from Bear Creek TH. Frozen wet snow quickly transitioned to excellent powder at relatively low elevations. Did not observe any stability issues in non-wind affected areas, but we dug a pit and observed a 2-4″ wind slab on lee wind-loaded aspects that was very reactive (popped on first wrist tap). The snowpack down this way was very variable due to early morning outflow winds with the current weather pattern, so avoiding southerly/lee aspects with wind slabs/skims and skiing in sheltered areas yielded excellent skiing and no noticeable stability issues on lower angle slopes (<35 deg).

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Observer Comments

Wind slabs sitting atop new dry powder were very reactive. Avoid!

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Sunny, 20's, <5mph. Recent storm dumped 2-3' down this way.

Snow surface

Mix of unaffected and wind affected areas. Careful route selection can yield a great tour/run. Poor choices or lack of attention while descending could be dangerous.

Snowpack

Rightside up, 2-3' dry but dense powder. Slabs on wind affected slopes.