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Ball Butte area

Observation Date/Time:
Wed, Mar 31, 2021 - 12:30 PM
Reporter(s):
Aaron Hartz
Location/Elevation:
Broken Top Area
Report Type:
Snow Conditions   No Avalanche Activity  
Travel Mode:
Snowmobile   Ski or Snowboard  

Written Report:
I toured on south and east aspects on Ball Butte, near and above treeline. I poked onto some north facing slopes just to check out the surface conditions. It got pretty warm out there today. The Moon Mt. weather station was reading 47 F at 3pm. By 2 pm, on slopes in the direct sun, I was sinking into the snow to ankle deep when I got out of skis. The snow surface was a bit slushy.

I did not observe any loose wet avalanches today.

Aside from the surface snow becoming slushy, I observed no other signs of unstable snow.

The surface conditions were smooth on south facing slopes. East facing slopes had old rough textured wind affected snow below ridge tops. Shaded slopes stayed firm

Isolated cornices can be seen on some ridge tops in the area.

We need a few more days of warm/cold cycle to really bring on the corn snow. Overall skiing was good today.

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