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3FJ Conditions

Observation Date/Time:
Fri, Jan 29, 2021 - 9:17 PM
E. McLaury
Santiam North, Three Fingered Jack
The Day Was:
Windy   Sunny  
The Ride Was:
The Snow Was:
Powder   Wind effected   Heavy   Crusty  
We observed the following "red flag" avalanche conditions:
Significant drifting snow from wind  
We Rode:
Steep slopes   Alpine slopes   Sunny slopes  

Written Report:
Toured out to 3FJ via Santiam. We didn't observe any glaring red flags throughout our day. No recent avalanches in the area. We did find plenty of wind affected snow- large windslabs have developed with this weeks precip/wind combo. On leeward slopes (north, east) we found up to 50cm of wind drifted snow, which was unreactive to ski cutting. No shooting cracks or whumps. The windslabs seemed well bonded to our most recent ice crust, and were mostly right side up (fist over 4f).

Sunny slopes in the area warmed throughout the day. Most south facing aspects were stripped of new storm snow at high elevations due to prevailing winds.

We felt comfortable skiing high angle terrain on all aspects after digging several hand pits + a quick ski cut at the top of these slopes. Overall, skiing quality was good.