Mt. Washington, Northwest Bowl

Monday, Feb 27, 2017 2:36 PM
Andrew, Iryna, and Abe
McKenzie Pass Area (Black Crater, Belknap, Washington) (44.337683, -121.841040)
Ob Date/Time:
Sat, Feb 25, 2017 - 11:15 AM
Report Type:
Snow Conditions
Mode of Travel:
Ski or Snowboard

Written Report:
We toured from Ray-Benson Sno-Park to the Northwest bowl on Mt. Washington Saturday in the morning under clear and sunny skies. Scattered clouds slowly built and enshrouded the summit by mid-day. We saw surface hoar in the trees and in open areas on our tour toward the bowl. On our return trip, we found that some surface hoar had melted and developed into a thin crust in the most sunny locations. In general, the snow was light and dry making for good powder skiing. We evaluated snow conditions in a pit located in the northern most open area of the bowl around 11 AM at 6400 feet. We performed a series of compression tests and an extended column test and found wind slabs below the new storm snow. Below these, 50 cm down, we found consolidated snow increasing to P/K hardness at about 100 cm down. We decided to ski a line, 32 - 37 degrees, on that far side of the bowl and did not feel comfortable venturing further out into the bowl toward the pinnacle. We then skied a few laps in open trees and meadows on the lower part of the mountain. A tour mid-winter to these bowls is approximately a 14 mile round trip from Ray-Benson.

Pit Results:
11:00 AM
6400 feet
NW Aspect
Sky Few clouds
Wind Calm

CTRP 21, 24 -- 35 cm
CTRP 25 -- 35 cm, 50 cm
ECTN 24 - 35 cm

Sky: A few clouds
New Snow: 15 cm Elevation: 6400 ft Aspect/Slope: Northwest / 32°