Tuesday, March 4 Observations & Wednesday, March 5 Avalanche Outlook

Observations – Tuesday, March 4, 2014 – Arctic Valley Backcountry

Signs of instability:

  • None


  • Cloudy with flurries and more consistent snow at times, but still very light
  • Moderate SE wind
  • Temps in the upper teens

Surface Conditions:

  • Mostly soft but supportable crusts on NW Gordon Lyon (harder, scratchier crusts on south side of ridgeline)
  • Small pockets of icier crust and raised anti-tracks


Snowpack profiled and assessed in the start zone of the skier’s right bowl off the summit of Gordon Lyon’s NW aspect (location of 1/16/14 human triggered avalanche – common skier’s right path above lower terrain trap):Screen shot 2014-03-04 at 10.28.07 PMgl pitgl pit downgl pit acrossgl pit layersGordon Lyon 3:4:14

Avalanche Outlook – Wednesday, March 5, 2014


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The avalanche danger will increase with new snow and wind through Wednesday.  The primary concern will be mid to upper elevation (above ~3000′) wind slabs on leeward aspects (predominantly NW near peaks and ridge crests) and cross-loaded terrain features (e.g. gully sidewalls).

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