Todd Ridge/Soda Peak conditions

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Friday, Apr 14, 2017 5:37 PM
Aaron Hartz
Pro Ob
Three Sisters Area (44.029278, -121.696501)
Ob Date/Time:
Fri, Apr 14, 2017 - 4:51 PM
Report Type:
Snow Conditions
Mode of Travel:
Ski or Snowboard

Written Report:
Ski conditions out at Todd Lake were surprisingly good today. There was about 9cm (3.5") of nice powder over the most recent melt freeze crust. The air temperature was below freezing during my entire tour and light snow falling with a few sunbreaks in the clouds. There is still a lot of snow even at lower elevations. At 6300ft on the east side of the lake there was over 3 meters (~10ft) of snow. On Todd ridge on the east side of the lake, there are many wind lips and small cornices from a long winter of snow and wind. There was some previously wind transported snow on the ridge, but no widespread windslabs. I toured out to Soda Peak and found similar conditions and no new windslabs.

The wind was very light even at ridge top in the Todd area. However, the COAA weather station on Moon Mountain was reporting WSW wind ranging from 10-20mph throughout the day which makes me think there are new wind slabs forming at higher elevations and more wind exposed areas.

Overall, I saw no major signs of instability today. I did not see enough accumulation of storm snow to be a concern for storm slabs today. Just like Jonas mentioned, on Saturday we will see a big warm up. I will be watching out for loose wet and possible wet slabs on steep solar exposed slopes.

More snow and weather information:
Time: 10:20 Elevation: 6300ft Location: east side of Todd Lake
Sky: Broken clouds Aspect: ENE
Precip: Light snow Temp: -5.5C (22F)
Wind: Light - S;
Height of snow: over 3 meters
Height of storm snow: 9cm

Time: 11:30 Elevation: 7000ft Location: Just below summit of Soda Peak
Sky: Broken clouds Aspect: N
Precip: Light snow Temp: -4.5C (24F)
Wind: Light - W
CTM down 15cm RP (x2) failure was just below the melt freeze crust

Temperature: -4.5°C Sky: Broken skies Precip: S-1 Very light snow Wind: West @ 1-16 mph
Elevation: 7000 ft