Public Observation #2022-888

December 12, 2022 8:34 AM
Observation Date:
December 11, 2022
Zone or Region:
Central Cascades
Cone peak
Did you see shooting cracks? 
Did you experience collapsing or whumpfing? 
Deep snow and hard travel. There was a skin track, but it mostly covered with the new snow that fell this weekend. Dug a pit near the last tree patch at the top. About 4 ft deep, wet and dense layer at the bottom with about 6 inches of new snow at the top. No instabilities observed. Continued skining up, started to see cracking that was propagating and sloughing off in 2-3 in chunks, decided to transition and ride down around 5200 ft. Snow pack dropped to a little over 2 ft on the exposed summit cone. Really fun light snow. Stable snow overall except near the summit.