Snow pit Stevens Peak

Location Name: 
Stevens peak NW face skiiers left Couloir
Region: 
St. Regis Basin
Date and time of observation: 
Wed, 12/09/2020 - 12:00
Location Map: 
United States
47° 25' 30.2268" N, 115° 46' 22.7568" W
US


Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

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

I dug a snow pit in the steep entry to the Couloir on the Northwest face of Stevens peak. It's the Lookers right Couloir. The shovel compression test fractured at 27 hits with a clean fracture at 80cm down.
I followed it up with an extended column test. I did not see the fracture happen during this test (30 hits) but when I went to pry the column from the top, it was detached in a clean fully propagated fracture at 115 cm deep. It's has been snowing through out the night. I am unsure the total as the wind has pushed it around. Probably not much more than 2 inches. The snow in the pit was of consistent texture except for the top 10cm which was a bit lighter. With out the
compression test I would have assumed that the snow pack was stable given the consistent well bonded nature. Additionally, the pit I dug was not far from the summit ridge, I suspect more snow was deposited there than further down the face due to its proximity the the windy top and the eddy effect.

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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
Snow
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 
Northwest
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
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