Public Observation #2021-496

December 15, 2021 7:32 PM
Observation Date:
December 14, 2021
Zone or Region:
Central Cascades
Past snowmo hangout
None reported
Good storm riding on Monday. Nice deep snow and surface snow seemed to be bonding well. Didn't hear any whomps this day. Tree wells seemed to be a hazard and the snow depths in higher sheltered terrain was around four to five feet deep of unconsolidated snow. Still some hazards and things to hit in trees but base is getting there.

Then on Tuesday we went past the snowmobilers club . The winds had done some work up high and that was visible from a distance. Saw one old big crown that had gotten refilled with newer thinking maybe it came down sometime on Sunday?? This was on a south aspect around 8800 feet
The snow that fell was so light and the winds had picked up and rocks were visible above and below the surface. Below the surface rocks and light powder isn't the best combo. But the riding was fabolous none the less. We need a nice big wet loading event to really buff it out up high. The surface snow seemed fairly well bonded. We experienced some good sloughing on steeper terrain. No whomping, cracking or collapsing. Dug down on last lap of the day and saw a good right side up pack with some light snow on the surface. Weather started moving in as we departed the area

Sorry for the spelling...