February 15, 2015

Observations: Arctic Valley Backcountry

Obs from Backcountry Babes 20150215 short tour up to saddle between Gordon Lyon and Rendezvous

  • Skies went from broken 1300 to overcast 1500
  • Temp at saddle -1.0C, moderate to strong wind blowing over saddle down toward lodge with light transport of new 1/2cm HN (height of new snow)
  • Surface was wind affected with small pockets of bonded hard windslab to 20cm
  • HS (height of snow) ranged from 0-50cm
  • No new avalanches observed – ski patrol reported a few ski cut windslabs <D1 Monday or so

40cm snowpack in the Tequila Bowl area of Gordon Lyon:20150215 Tequila bowl:Gordon Lyon area 40cmHS

Gusty southeast winds transporting snow at the saddle between Gordon Lyon and Rendezvous:gusty SE wind at Rendezvous:Gordon Lyon pass 20150215

View up towards Gordon Lyon southerly aspect from the saddle:view up to Gordon Lyon 20150215


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