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Broken Top

Observation Date/Time:
Thu, Feb 20, 2020 - 4:15 PM
Phil Bowker
Broken Top Area / 8880'
Report Type:
Snow Conditions   No Avalanche Activity  
Travel Mode:
Snowmobile   Ski or Snowboard  
Sky Conditions:
Broken (5/8 - 7/8)
Precip Type/Intensity:
No Precipitation
Height of Snow (HS):
185 cm
Wind Direction/Speed:
S / Moderate: 17-25 mph

Written Report:
I toured around Broken Top bowl today. At the top of 3 O'clock couloir at 11:54 winds where light with moderate gusts from the south, skies broken with high cirrus clouds, no precipitation, air temp was -2c (28.4f).

The recent east and south winds have certainly had their effect on the snow in the bowl. Primarily the surface is wind packed snow. Under "Pucker Up" there are sections where the snow has been stripped back down to the rain crust from weeks ago. In lee aspects (north) of some pinnacles there is wind deposited snow still giving good skiing. There was a small amount of wind transported snow refilling the boot pack up 3 O'clock couloir.

While I toured the bowl I did not see any signs of instability in the snowpack in terms of avalanches, shooting cracks, whumpfing or collapsing cornices. I did see football sized falling rime ice from solar aspects in the afternoon.



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