West side Schweitzer off Lakeview Triple

Location Name: 
West side Schweitzer 5900" Heading out to Larch park
Region: 
Selkirk Mountains
Date and time of observation: 
Tue, 02/23/2021 - 10:00
Location Map: 
United States
48° 21' 49.842" N, 116° 39' 0.7704" W
US



Observation made by: Board of Directors
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

We dropped down off the triple toward Larch park and dug just below the second road cut on a west aspect at 5900'. Wanted to find out how deep and touchy the surface hoar is on a fairly protected (from wind) aspect. The slope angle was 32 degrees.. and thew snowpack was 210cm deep..  The surface hoar sirtting on top of the Jan 12 ice layer was  easily identified at 80 cm from surface. We did a column test and was not ready to have a slab pop into my lap at CT3 (Q1). There was alot of energy in the pack! Wish I had a video of the result. We did not have to do an extended column test to determine propagation... The surface hoar is well preserved on multiple aspects and demands attention.  We gingerly booted up to the road and had some great sking on a couple low angle laps. 

Any other comments about the observation or links to outside pages that have more info on the observation: 

We are in high avalanche conditions! Read the IPAC forcast for our zone and know that this persistant surface layer is going to be with us for a long time. 

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Direction: 
West