Tue, Dec 15, 2020 - 2:22 PM
Broken Top Area
Ski or Snowboard
It was very foggy and wet in the mountains this morning. As a result the skiing wasn't as much fun as it usually is! For most of my tour, I felt like I was in a cloud. At first it was alternating between snow and rain, but that let up around 1030 or so. Despite the wetness, I didn't see any indication of any wet avalanche problems during the morning. I didn't find any persistent weak layers buried in the snow.
Throughout all of the terrain the top 4 cm. or so was affected by the wetness. In some places there was a bit of crust from freezing rain that fell early in the morning. Elsewhere on more sheltered slopes or under the trees, this surface snow was just wet. This wetness is keeping any wind transport at this elevation to 0. Beneath that is last weekends light, dry powder.
I dug a profile on Todd Ridge (6500 ft. SE) at 9:45. Shovel tilt tests failed 17 cm. beneath the surface, and immediately below a thin crust. This layer is fist hard, but doesn't appear to be made up of any faceted grains (just older broken snow grains "DF").
At 6500 ft. SE 9:45 AM
The sky was obscured and there was a light snow/rain mix
The temperature was -.5 C
The wind was Moderate from the SW, but no snow transport was occurring
The snow was 145 cm. deep, and my boot pen. was 35 cm. The snow surface was composed of new snow grains and melt forms.
At Todd Lake 6150 ft. at 1200
The temperature was 1C