Broken Top area conditions

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Recent avalanche activity

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Updated:
Wednesday, Apr 24, 2019 7:47 PM
Observer(s):
Aaron Hartz
Position:
Pro Ob
Location:
Broken Top Area (44.076911, -121.688347)
Ob Date/Time:
Wed, Apr 24, 2019 - 7:08 PM
Report Type:
Snow Conditions
Mode of Travel:
Ski or Snowboard

Written Report:
I toured on Broken top and checked out east, south and west facing slopes. I found many previous loose wet avalanches on east, south, and west aspects. Most were small (size D1; too small to bury injure or kill). However there were a few debris piles that seemed large enough to do some damage. As I toured up into the bowl, I could see small loose wet avalanches cascading over the cliffs on south and east aspects.

Cornice debris could be seen below many cornices. There are some very large cornices still lurking at ridge tops. These are really something to watch for on these warm days (see picture of cornice debris below).

A cool wind out of the north, kept the day feeling comfortable in the sun. By noon, the weather station on Moon Mt. (nearby; 7440ft) was reporting an air temperature of 43F.

Ski quality was variable. On an east facing slope above treeline, I found breakable crust over soft mushy snow. However, I found great supportable skiing on SW facing slopes.

Spring skiing is just getting good!. This is the time of year, when the alpine terrain opens up and in my opinion is one of the best parts of skiing in the northwest. Remember to watch for signs of unstable surface snow as things warm up...especially in steep terrain!

Sky: A few clouds Wind: North @ 1-16 mph
Elevation: 8415 ft


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