Sardine Falls

Location Name: 
Sardine Falls
Date and time of observation: 
Wed, 03/06/2019 - 13:30
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: 

Depth of the snowpack ranges from 145cm to well over 350cm in areas of deposition. The winds were shaping the surface snow & redistributing it across the mountainscape to drifts & wind features. Cornices look very sharp & suspect to failure. From 8500' & below Loose Wet avalanche activity has effected the surface snow due to wetting rains. In stability tests we found no reactions with hard forces & no propagations amidst the surface Wind Slabs. Saying that does not mean things are stable as winds were variable & our location was isolated. ECTX; CT29 down 50cm; tests conducted on a 41 degrees slope with 35cm new snow

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 
Accumulation rate: 
Greater than 1 in. per hour
More detailed information about the weather: 

A variable mix of snow types was falling including: sleet, rime, graupel, & broken snow particles. The sky was overcast & visibility was very low. Moderately gusty winds were blowing snow & transport was occurring at a rapid rate. The air temperature was just below freezing, hence the face-slicing sleet while snowmobiling.