Snowpit from above Leavitt Lake

Location Name: 
Above Leavitt Lake
Date and time of observation: 
Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:45
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Observation made by: Avalanche Specialist
Snowpit Observations
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Rode up into the Leavitt Lake basin yesterday and found numerous large avalanches that released during last week's storm cycle, including a crownline on the cirque above Leavitt Lake that was probably 10-15 ft tall.  Lots of tracks on steep terrain but no signs of recent avalanche activity.  Dug a snowpit on a 24 degree, NE facing slope at 9775 ft, just above and to the SW of the lake.  The snowpack was generally stable with the exception of a 6 inch thick windslab near the surface that broke during my compression test but did not propagate in my extended column test.  The snow surface was beginning to turn sugary with some near surface facets developing during the current period of high pressure.

Snowpack Photos Captions:

Photos 1 and 2:  Large and long running crown lines on the Leavitt Lake cirque which avalanched during last week's storm cycle.

Photo 3:  Close-up of crown line on the cirque, which is about 10-15 ft tall in places.

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Bridgeport Avalanche Center - Feb 14 Conditions Report

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