Potato Hill, North Aspect

Red Flags:
Recent avalanche activity

Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 8:19 PM
Brit Laurenti
Santiam Pass Area (including Three Finger Jack) (44.421052, -121.898353)
Ob Date/Time:
Sat, Feb 25, 2017 - 11:30 AM
Report Type:
Snow Conditions
Mode of Travel:
Ski or Snowboard

Written Report:
It was a bright and cool day, the snowpack on the NNE aspect was very dry and light. A test pit on a 35 degree slope showed a good weak over strong snowpack, moving from F for the 60cm of upper snow to 4F at and below the old snowpack. Conducting an extended column test revealed a moderate Q3 fracture at the new/old snow boundary. Upon traversing the slope a small dry sluff (picture) was triggered and traveled around 50 yards.

Weather & Snowpack
Temperature: 27°C Sky: Clear skies Wind: East @ 1-16 mph
New Snow: 60cm cm Snow Depth: 300 cm Elevation: 4800 ft Aspect/Slope: North Northeast / 35°


Caption: Dry sluff avalanche