Thin wind slabs and variable conditions in East Couloir of Kettle Peak

Location Name: 
E Couloir Kettle Peak
Region: 
Other Area
Date and time of observation: 
Thu, 03/31/2022 - 12:00
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Observation made by: Public
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

We skied the East Couloir of Kettle Peak today. We walked in tennis shoes all the way to the creek crossing at Little Slide Canyon where the snow began. Conditions were variable the entire tour, and we used ski crampons, boot crampons, whippets, and ice axes. In the East Couloir, we did encounter many different conditions - loose wet avalanche debris (natural) from a day or two prior, icy bed surface, fresh powder about a foot deep (about 5 turns were blower), and some wind slab up to 3” thick and thinner wind crust toward the top of the Couloir at about 10,600’. There was a thin rocky section about 1/3 of the way up the Couloir that we chose to transition to boot crampons and down climb on the descent, using ice ace and whippet. Below the Couloir we triggered small loose wet debris at about 2PM. The Hulk looked less than ideal to ski unless you like to ski over talus.

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Weather Observations
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Air temperature trend: 
Warming