Conditions on the Broken Top Plateau

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Wednesday, Apr 17, 2019 7:57 PM
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Broken Top Area (44.083481, -121.691054)
Ob Date/Time:
Wed, Apr 17, 2019 - 7:39 PM
Report Type:
Snow Conditions
Mode of Travel:

Written Report:
I skied a quick lap at Ball Butte before heading over to the Bend Glacier and then back up around Broken Hand. I saw numerous avalanches from yesterday. About half of them were thin slabs from yesterday's storm snow, and the other half were loose wet (see attached picture). All were size 1 and on south and east facing slopes. Around 2 pm the snow was getting wet enough that human triggered loose wet avalanches were beginning to occur.

The skiing was generally poor. Although the snow froze last night and the surface snow is on it's way to corn, it was still pretty punchy in places with soft snow beneath. The north facing slopes on the Bend Glacier hadn't melted as much but were similarly variable.

On the East shoulder of Broken Hand (8120 ft.) at 1:20 pm:
There was scattered thin clouds.
It was 4 degrees C.
The wind was Light from the North.


Caption: Loose Wet