Public Observation #2022-685
Submitted:March 19, 2022 8:43 AM
Observation Date:March 18, 2022
Zone or Region:Central Cascades
Location:Mount Washington, NW Bowl
Signs of Unstable Snow
Did you see shooting cracks?No
Did you experience collapsing or whumpfing?Yes
ObservationsMy ski partner and I experienced some slight whumpfing on the approach to the northwest bowl near treeline (5700ft) around 10am. There was about 1/2in of new, wet snow over crust.
Above treeline, the snow appeared to be moderately wind-affected, and the whumpfing stopped. At 6600ft, we dug a hand pit (nw aspect, 30° slope). The top 6in of snow sheared off fairly easily. Snow at the point of failure didn’t appear to be faceted, and bonded together well. Overall, the snow above treeline seemed dry and didn’t get any of the rain that occurred the night before at lower elevations.
Above treeline, the wind buff created firm, but fun riding conditions. By 1pm, the sun warmed the snow and created soft, slushy conditions at and below treeline.