Observation: Summit

Location: Raven Ridge

Route & General Observations

Very warm tour up Ravel Ridge from the Manitoba lot.


Weather & Snow Characteristics
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WARM. Summit Snotel recorded above freezing temps all day yesterday and today (32-37). Light rain drizzle in the morning transitioned to clearing skies around noon. SE wind noted on ridge at 2600’ transporting snow and filling ski tracks.

Snow surface

Wet and saturated surface up to 1300’. Increased ski quality above 1800’. Settled dense powder in trees. Supportable and breakable wind board/crust above tree line at 2600’.


Snow pit at 2500’ on protected west facing slope. 185cm HS. ECTX. Did not isolate melt/freeze or other weak layers towards the bottom of the snowpack.

Supportable wind board, ~6” thick on top of unconsolidated snow, at 2700’ failed hand shear on isolation. No shooting cracks or whumphing noted.

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