Snowpit N of Schweitzer T-Bar (Pt. 6138, SE of Blue Mtn.)

Location Name: 
Pt. 6138, SE of Blue Mtn.
Region: 
Selkirk Mountains
Date and time of observation: 
Wed, 01/06/2021 - 14:20
Location Map: 
United States
48° 23' 36.7116" N, 116° 38' 18.852" W
US


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

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

First, it should be known that submitter is a novice (Avy 1-equivalent trained, yet to work in snowpilot). This snowpack was on a north aspect, to try to observe the effects of wind-loading. It was at 6,077'. Snow depth ranged from roughly 195 to 225 cm, but assume 225. The pit began at 95 cm, so ~130 cm of observed snowpack. Layers seemed to be 185 cm (F to 4F), 165 (4F to 1 F), and 100 cm (a P layer, verging on K), although there could be more because of the weather in the past few weeks/observer inexperience. Shovel shear roughly matched these layers. ECTVE1 propogated shovel-width at 215 (10 cm down), some light sluffing. ECTM16 propogated a half shovel width at 185, about 40 cm down. An interesting observation was that, while trying to clear the sluff layer during the CT, a column of about 100 cm easily sheared off. Upon feeling this sheer plane at about 115 cm, it felt unconsolidated.

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

Lacking a Kestrel, this is rather subjective, but it was a powder day at the upper elevations of Schweitzer. The moisture content of the snow increased markedly ~1000' below sample site, but it felt just shy of freezing at 6100'. Winds at time of sampling were predominately light from the SW, so the north-aspect pit was sheltered - calm wind. That said, winds throughout the day were occassionally from the north and of more moderate intensity; the bowls had squirrely winds.