Mt. Olsen East Bowl

Location Name: 
Mt. Olsen - East Bowl
Other Area
Date and time of observation: 
Tue, 12/18/2018 - 13:00
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Red Flags: 
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsing
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

Observation made by: Public
Snowpit Observations
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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
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Above Freezing
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Went out for a mid day walk from Virginia Lakes around the corner to the eastern terminus of Mt. Olsen.  After our barrage of wind events throughout the last week there's a ton of spatial variability out there and generally terrible skiing conditions.  Lucky for us the views were good!  

Moderate winds below treeline were relocating the Trace to 1" of new snow from windward to leeward aspects in exposed terrain.  Newly formed windslabs could be provoked on slopes approaching 40 degrees with 10-20 ft. shooting cracks in similar deposits on lower angle slopes.  Strong winds above treeline were sending any snow available for transport back into the atmosphere.  

Dug a quick pit mid slope in an area with a stout 15-20cm windboard resting on faceted grains and observed an ECTV SC Q1 (x2).   I experienced localized "dinner plating" adjacent to my snow pit and the slope below varied from supportable to breakable windboard.  This will be a layer to keep an eye on when we receive a significant load of new snow.  

Currently, low tide coverage and an incredibly inconsistent snow surface continue to present the biggest hazards in the mountains.  Pray for snow!