Observation: Summit

Location: Tenderfoot

Route & General Observations

Standard route up West Ridge of Tenderfoot to 2700′. No signs of instability observed. There were some recent glide avalanches with brown dirt marks, but unsure when they released. There’s also a lot of old glide debris and old crowns covered by snow earlier in the month.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Recent glide avalanches seen between 2000' and 3000' in elevation

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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5F at the car at noon
Light North wind
Clear Skies
No Precip

Snow surface

20-30cm of unconsolidated loose snow that is faceting out from cold temps
3-6mm surface hoar, larger at lower elevations


Dug a pit at 2500' on a NW aspect, HS=100cm. A 3cm layer of 0.5-1mm facets (Fist hard) was found 27cm below the surface sandwiched in between a 2cm deteriorating crust (from Halloween) and a pencil hard layer of snow below it. Below this was a mix of thick crust and denser snow. The Veterans day buried surface hoar was (5mm in size) found 15cm below the surface mixed with loose dry unconsolidated snow. Very small 3mm surface hoar was found on the surface. Tests failed with moderate force on facets below the Halloween crust, CT14 and ECTN20. The slab fell apart with compression, except for the a 5cm of layer of 1F hard snow just above the crust.

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