West facing slope outside Schweitzer

Location Name: 
Schweitzer west aspect
Region: 
Selkirk Mountains
Date and time of observation: 
Sun, 02/07/2021 - 11:12
Location Map: 
United States
48° 22' 4.0692" N, 116° 38' 50.6688" W
US


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Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

Observation made by: Public
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Nice low angle pow skiing in the trees today.  Dug a pit on a 28 degree, West facing slope, at 5900’.  Extended column propagated and slide into the pit at 18 taps.  Single column went at 21 taps.  Both failures where on the rain crust interface 70cm from the top.  Didn’t dig any deeper than the rain crust.  Measured 184cm to ground.  Top 3-8” (thicker and denser in wind effected areas) from Saturdays snow has formed a soft slab that can be found in hand pits.  It’s loose in spots and supportable in others.

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Cooling
Wind Direction: 
Northwest
Accumulation rate: 
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