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Observatons from Level 1

Posted: January 16th, 2017, 10:22 am
by Kaptain Safe T
A great shout out to all the KPAC Level 1 participants for an excellent weekend....Lots of info and several pits dug below and at or just above treeline.....overall good snowpack with lots of expected spatial variability. This warm January with lots of moisture is providing great cover over more terrain than naturals reported except for rumor of activity in Philomena?.....The Upper Bowl opened yesterday and was quite spectacular at the ski area. I would still encourage good assessments of the area your going into and expect the unexpected....there is some interesting structure in the snowpack with good strength and isolated pockets of energy.....Remember
"Safety is no Accident" Let it snow looking like a favorable forecast this weekend.....Cheers

Re: Observatons from Level 1

Posted: January 16th, 2017, 11:50 am
by splitboarder
Just talked with Blair who took the Level II avalanche course. He reported numerous point releases in the Inner Basin, and a slab release near 11400 ft on the N. side of Fremont Peak in Telemark path. Sounds like they elected to ski trees yesterday on Doyle, due to lack of consistently stable test results in the Telescope and Sickle Moon paths. Good choice!

Shooting from the hip on a lazy MLK Day here.
Overall: The snowpack has poor structure, good strength, and tests reveal low to moderate reactivity with pockets of high reactivity. Seems like a hard to predict persistent slab problem, where the weakness underlies one or more hard to very hard layers... Primarily on northerly and northeasterly slopes, possibly on other aspects in isolated terrain. The untracked is skiing great on all aspects and the Dr. King weekend storm ultimately had very little wind, resulting in no significant windslabs.