Looking for snow after the wind

Location Name: 
West Side of Schweitzer
Region: 
Selkirk Mountains
Date and time of observation: 
Tue, 02/16/2021 - 10:30



Observation made by: Board of Directors
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Went out of the west side of Schweitzer in search of wind deposited snow. Found extremely variable conditions. Some deep, some scoured and everything in between.

Dug a pit on a West facing slope at about 5,750'
Depth of snow was 165 cm
10cm of fresh storm snow on surface (fist+)
20cm down there was a 10cm+ crust layer (our only guess is from the 4 days of heavy wind)
The Jan 12 rain crust was a meter down
Single column reacted on the upper wind crust CT16Q2+
And we saw a ECT25Q3 on the same layer
(See videos)

Skiing was variable, but decent. Treed areas showed no signs of the wind crust and were boot top deep, then as soon as you emerged into an opening, the crust layer became aparent.

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Weather Observations
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
Snow
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
West
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
More detailed information about the weather: 

Very slight snow with mostly cloudy skies