Tumalo Bowl

Sunday, Nov 19, 2017 3:58 PM
Alli Miles
Three Sisters Area
Ob Date/Time:
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 - 10:00 AM
Report Type:
Snow Conditions
Mode of Travel:
Ski or Snowboard

Written Report:
Like many others in Central Oregon, some friends and I toured up to the Tumalo Bowl in search of powder on Saturday. We hoped to ski the bowl and examine the early season snow pack. Despite some wind affect in the bowl, it skied well and was much more enjoyable than it looked from the top. After a couple laps, we dug a pit at the bottom of the bowl, on the southern end in what is typically snowmobile territory.
We dug to the ground, and our pit revealed about 137cm of snow. As we examined the snow pack, we did not discover any red flags. We did two compression tests. On the first one, we got a hard result, resistant planar, about 40cm down. On the second test, we got another hard result, resistant planar, about 30cm down. We did not do an extended column test. Test result details & snow profile are below.
We also found some isolated shallow wind slabs, as well as small cornices at the top of the bowl on the northern end. The wind slabs were not moving.


Caption: Tumalo Bowl Snow Profile