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Broken Top

Observation Date/Time:
Fri, Mar 20, 2020 - 3:41 PM
Phil Bowker
Report Type:
Snow Conditions  
Travel Mode:
Snowmobile   Ski or Snowboard  
Sky Conditions:
Scattered (3/8 - 4/8)
Wind Direction/Speed:
S / Light: 1-16 mph

Written Report:
Today I toured around Broken Top. I skied primarily south through north east aspects, seeing quite a variety of snow surfaces.
Around the base of broken top there is a widespread breakable crust of about 2-3cm (0.7 - 1") in thickness. In sheltered areas on north aspects I found some small patches of surface hoar.
On solar aspects there are isolated patches of sun crust and some evidence of small loose wet slides, lots of pin wheels could be seen on solar aspects in the bowl.
On more northern aspects under ridge tops old windslabs where found to be stable, patches of old storm snow could be found giving good skiing. Patches of wind affected snow could be found on all aspects I toured.
As I toured I saw no avalanches, there was no cracking or whumphing around my skis. I did see evidence of a small cornice collapse on a north aspect above Bend Glacier.

Above "No Name LaKe" at mid day winds where calm to light form the south, visibility was good with increasing clouds throughout the day. There was one or two snowflakes in the air. Air temp was 4c (39.2f).



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