Observation type - Snowpack
Observer - Allen Giernet
Keep me anonymous if published - no
Location (general area) - Mt. Baden Powell
Date (yyyymmdd) - 20150301
Time - 4:11pm
Road conditions to area - Clear
Temperature - 30c
Sky - Scattered clouds (3/8 to 4/8)
Wind speed - Light (1-16mph Flags/twigs in motion)
Wind direction - not observed
Wind direction in degrees
Slope aspect - North
Aspect in degrees
Slope angle - 35
Elevation - 2,770m
Snow depth - 160cm
Boot/ Ski penetration
Precipitation - Light
Activity, recent avalanches - No
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks. collapsing - no
Rapid warming - no
Obvious avalanche path - no
Terrain trap - no
12:20pm parking area at Vincent gap temp 30 F. Mostly cloudy with light snow.
7,300' variable snow depth 5" - 15" with rain crust in upper snowpack from prestorm rain. Overcast and grauple at this time.
7,600' new snow 5" - 15" no crust and consolidated snowpack on N NE aspect. Overcast with light snowfall at this time.
8,000' no precip at this time homogenous snowpack no crusts 6" - 15" mostly recent snow from last two storms.
8,300' discovered older snow at base from before last two storms. Solid melt freeze layer to ground from extended warm period prior to the 2-22 storm. Base frozen 3" - 4" with 6" - 15" new snow on top. See pit profile for upper elevation. Here we found a solid thick ice layer on top of large facets. The ice layer was a very large melt freeze layer from the extended warm period prior to the recent storms. We did have some reaction on a melt freeze crust just below the 2-22 snow but nothing alarming. And the snow on top was loose new snow.