Observation: Summit

Location: Tenderfoot

Route & General Observations

Standard route to 2500′ on Tenderfoot Ridge

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

None observed. There was a small avalanche lower on the North slope of Tri-tip that appeared more recent and looked to have been triggered by cross-loading winds.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear and sunny
Cold: 4F at parking lot teens on ridge
Light NW with a few cold gusts!

Snow surface

Surface hoar up 1400'
Faceting settled snow, wind crusts, wind slab, completely scoured or old crusts, old surface hoar exposed... VARIABLE and wind affected overall


Shallow overall and variable. Poor structure and poor travel quality
Faceted/bottomless to 2100' 1-3' of snow on the ground. Full boot pen to ground. Skiing on or near ground/vegetation in most spots.
Wind exposed areas are stripped, wind crusted or hard wind slabs.
Dug two snow pits. Both had weak facets near the ground resting just above old degrading melt freeze layer.
Pit #1: 2100', W aspect, 30 degrees, 45 cm. CT 8, CT 15, ECTP 12 on facet/crust interface
Pit#2: 2500' W aspect, 34 degrees, 70 cm. Buried surface hoar down 25 cm below surface, facets down 50 cm below surface. CT 11 on facets x 3, ECTP 13 on buried surface and ECTP 22 on facets.

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