Trestle Creek Ski

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Trestle Peak and Round Top
Cabinet Mountains
Date and time of observation: 
Sat, 02/16/2019 - 18:11
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United States
48° 16' 58.1088" N, 116° 15' 9.6156" W

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Snowpit Observations
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I dug a pit at ~5800' on a North aspect on Trestle Peak and found a 300cm snowpack. I got a failure at ECTP11 Q1 about 25cm down, which I assume would be last night's snowfall. Nothing else would fail in the pit under a compression test, so I feel pretty optimistic about the snowpack right now.
Another pit at 6000' on the NW aspect of Round Top had significant wind effect, but I was unable to get anything to fail in compression, and the new/old snow interface would not shear cleanly whatsoever. However, when I skied several hundred feet down I observed a convex rollover had avalanched naturally on that layer, around the time it stopped snowing. I could not get any of the remaining slab near the crown to crack at all with a ski cut, which either means it bonded pretty well in the hours before I got there, or everything that could go, did--i think the former is mostly true, but will assume the latter. Either way, it was a pretty good example of how much stability can vary as you move up or down slope, but by this afternoon it was very difficult to get anything to crack at all near ridgelines, so things seem to be trending toward stability.

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