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Kwohl

Observation Date/Time:
Fri, Jan 8, 2021 - 12:16 PM
Reporter(s):
jimw
Location:
Kwohl butte
The Day Was:
Sunny   Cloudy  
The Ride Was:
Good  
The Snow Was:
Powder  
We observed the following "red flag" avalanche conditions:
Significant drifting snow from wind  
We Rode:
Alpine slopes  

Written Report:
Toured out to Kwohl on Thurs 1/7. Main thing I wanted to note was a lot of wind transport evident on the north side while skinning up. Crossing a short N facing gully (clearly visible viewing Kwohl N side from Bachy S side) there was clear evidence of wind slabbing, and crossing a short roller the slab failed easily just from skinning (see pic). Also did a quick hand hasty pit there and the slab layer failed isolating the pit. Thickness was average around 6" of dense slab on top of less dense (but consistent) pow. This was only present on that aspect and general area. Conditions in the east bowl were much better, with fairly dense ("styrofoamey") pow up top transitioning to lighter pow near treeline.

I'd keep an eye out for wind slabs in exposed alpine areas after the next storm clears.

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