Whumpfing sounds or cracks
Sat, Jan 23, 2021 - 10:00 AM
Broken Top Area
Snow Conditions Avalanche Activity
Snowmobile Ski or Snowboard
We toured on Ball today and conditioning one were variable to say the least! The majority of slopes we traveled on we’re bulletproof ice, interspersed with deep pockets of wind-transported snow that hasn’t bonded to the ice layer below. All ridge lines and anything faxing N/NE were rock solid. Pockets were found in S/SE lines, but these proved to be quite unstable.
Our party encountered widespread shooting cracks in the wind blown areas, got spooked and called it a day. Quite a bit more wind transport than we expected, especially after a encountering deep, light snow on the journey out to Ball in the flats and trees.