Recent Windslab Avalanches around the BWRA

Location Name: 
Avalanches around the BWRA
Region: 
BWRA
Date and time of observation: 
Sat, 02/25/2017 - 12:00
Location Map: 


Red Flags: 
Recent avalanche activity
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

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

Took a tour around the BWRA on Saturday and noticed several recent wind slab avalanches and cornice collapses.  Ridgetop winds have been strong out of the SW the past couple of days and have produced many cornices and loaded exposed leeward slopes.  We saw recent activity above Latopie  and Leavitt Lakes, likely released within 24 hrs of time of photo.  With increased winds and some light snow on Monday, wind slabs will still be a problem and cornices will be sensitive to the weight of a human.

Also of note: the common route up to Latopie Lake has been corniced over and is very tricky to navigate.  Might want to ascend the ridge to the left of the lake instead of the gully.

Photo Captions:

1.  Recent activity above Latopie Lake

2. A cornice collapse triggered these slides above Leavitt Lake

3. The gully at the end of the common uptrack to Latopie Lake has been corniced over

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
More detailed information about the weather: 

Clouds in the AM, scattering out in the PM.  Temps were in the upper teens and low 20's but felt colder with breezy winds