Sardine Can Wall

Location Name: 
Sardine Can Wall
Date and time of observation: 
Sat, 12/22/2018 - 12:00
Location Map: 

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

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

Found the snowpack at a depth of 75cm (30") on a North aspect at 9000'. Our wind protected location had soft new snow measuring 10cm which sat atop a melt-freeze crust. Below this crust small facets were found which reacted in tests with hard force, in a Q3 Break at the interface. Ski cuts were able to intitiate small pockets of wind slab in areas where loading had occured, in that upper 10-11cm. A small wind-skin resides on the surface snow and is thin and plyable.

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 
Accumulation rate: 
More detailed information about the weather: 

Calm to light winds from the West. Sunny skies became increasingly overcast by afternoon. 3.8C (38F) air temperature with no current blowing snow.