Soda Peak

Red Flags:
Recent avalanche activity

Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 9:05 PM
(44.033350, -121.703539)
Ob Date/Time:
Sat, Mar 4, 2017 - 12:46 PM
Report Type:
Snow Conditions
Mode of Travel:
Ski or Snowboard

Written Report:
Toured up off of Soda Peak today and the new snow was setting up into a more cohesive layer than it was with last weekend's storm. A ski cut on a 40 degree roll in the chute skier's right coming down the north side of Soda Peak let loose an 8" slab that propagated ~15 feet and ran ~100' until the gradient eased. The slab was an 8" layer of fist-hardness storm snow overlying a very thin crust, with more 4F-fist below it.

On another lap, farther east on the ridge, a ski cut broke out a ~30' wide, 8" deep slab on the same bed surface (see picture). This ran 40' into the trees where the gradient subsided.

It will be interesting to see how this layer responds to some more loading over the next 36h. While both of these were small (D1), similar layers in larger terrain could be troublesome.
Precip: S2 Moderate snow Wind: Southeast @ 17-25 mph
New Snow: 8" in Elevation: 6800 ft Aspect/Slope: North / 40°