Virginia Lakes - South Peak Conditions

Location Name: 
South Peak
Date and time of observation: 
Tue, 12/25/2018 - 14:00
Location Map: 

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

It was a beautiful day in the hills!  Went for an afternoon lap in Virginia Lakes and enjoyed partly sunny skys and good visibility from about noon until 3pm prior to our departure.  No new avalanche activity or signs of instability were observed.  No cracking was observed in newly formed wind slabs however we turned around about 400' below the South Peak summit.  

Dug a quick pit on the NE flank of South Peak at 10,650' in a sheltered location: HS: 80cm, HST: 18cm, Slope Angle: 37* at this location.  ECTN7 at new snow/old snow interface.  Seemingly solid snow pack in this location. 

The new snow skiied best on lower angle slopes with more bottom feeding on steeper slopes approaching 40*.

Photo: Wind damage/deposition on the north side of South Peak.  


Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
More detailed information about the weather: 

Partly sunny skys and good visibility from 12-3pm.  Return to full cloud cover, moderate visibility, and flurries post 3pm.