Observation: Portage / Placer

Location: Skookum Valley

Route & General Observations

Rode up into the Skookum drainage from the Placer River to take a look at this area that we don’t get much information from. A lot of folks have been out enjoying the past 10ish days of good stability, clear skies, and light winds. We wanted to take a look at the surface conditions before tomorrow’s snowfall.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

No signs of instability seen.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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High clouds and chilly. Temps around 5F warming to 20F by the afternoon.
Winds were light from the southeast along our high point at 4,300'.

Snow surface

Pretty simple really. Sun crusts on aspects on the south side of the compass. On the north side there was 2-8" of soft faceted snow over harder snow. I was surprised to see how much the harder windslabs/crusts from a week ago have been eaten away by the cold temperatures and have turned to softer snow (technically near surface faceted snow).
Note - surface hoar was seen in valley bottoms but none seen above around 2-300' or so.


No pits dug today. No buried layers of concern in this area that we know of.

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