Virginia Lakes

Location Name: 
Virginia Lakes
Region: 
Other Area
Date and time of observation: 
Fri, 04/01/2022 - 14:45
Location Map: 


Red Flags: 
Rapid warming

Observation made by: Avalanche Specialist
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Today we ventured up Mt. Olsen from the Virginia Lakes Road. We decided to travel on a more northerly aspect to see how the increasing temperatures today would affect the snowpack. 1-4” of light and dry snow sat on a supportive crust through most of the tour. The snow was cold and dry in the morning but quickly transitioned through the day to warm and wet. Air temperatures rose to the mid 40’s, the winds were light, and overall the solar radiation felt intense. Looking around at the surrounding peaks we did not see any signs of loose wet activity. We stomped on some pockets of wind-affected snow and did not get any results.

    Tracking the strong above freezing temps during the day and below-freezing temperatures at night have placed us into a spring melt-freeze cycle this weekend and we will be monitoring the snowpack closely. Traveling on moderate slope angles can feel committing, having your sharps kit dialed in will be essential for effective and secure travel.

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Southwest