Wed, Mar 13, 2019 - 9:16 AM
The Day Was:
The Ride Was:
The Snow Was:
Deep powder Powder Wind effected
Recent slab avalanches Whumphing or shooting cracks Significant drifting snow from wind
Mellow slopes Open trees
Sean and I toured up Tumalo this morning. In the parking lot, wind was nuking out of the west. There was blowing snow along with very light snowfall that tapered off by the time we got to the top. The snow in the trees was protected and in excellent shape. Near the top where the trees are more open, we observed shallow wind slabs, scoured snow, large drifts, and generally wind effected snow. We also experienced some whumphing in this area but did not see shooting cracks.
Skiing the bowl was unfortunately not part of our time plan, but we did get up there to take a quick look. The sun came out and gave us a nice view. On top of Tumalo, we observed wind slabs that were fairly soft and unconsolidated, however, the bowl was being loaded with wind transported snow out of the west. The wind didn't seem quite as nuclear as it was in the parking lot, but it was moderate and moving quite a bit of snow.
We also observed avalanche debris on the far skier's right side of the bowl, in the area that allows motorized travel, below the rocky cliffs. From our vantage, it was hard to tell how fresh it was. It didn't look brand new, but it didn't look very old either.
Skiing back down through the trees was glorious.