Broken Top

RED FLAGS
Wind
Observation Date/Time:
Thu, Mar 5, 2020 - 5:05 PM
Reporter(s):
Elliott Reed
Location/Elevation:
Broken Top Area / 8000'
Report Type:
Snow Conditions  
Travel Mode:
Ski or Snowboard  
Temperature:
3°C
Sky Conditions:
Few (1/8 - 2/8)
Height of Snow (HS):
205 cm
Wind Direction/Speed:
SW / Strong: 26-38 mph

Written Report:
Today we toured into the crater of Broken Top and towards No Name lake (south, southeast and east slopes).

We observed no avalanche problems and no cracking or whumpfing.

The snow surface was a variety of ice crust to wind affected snow. Due to strong winds, the surface did not soften up as much as we anticipated (even on sunny slopes). Boot penetration was 3cm and ski penetration was 1cm.

Winds were moderate with strong gusts from the Southwest.
We saw small cornices on east facing ridges and no signs of cornice breaks.


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