excellent powder

Location Name: 
Uleida area
Region: 
Selkirk Mountains
Date and time of observation: 
Wed, 03/13/2019 - 12:00


Red Flags: 
Recent avalanche activity
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsing

Observation made by: Public
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Excellent snow on N NW aspects -10"-15" depending on location. Lower, out of the wind locations were the deepest. Very little wind affect. Hand shears show this new snow is sitting on surface hoar...bonding ok today (3/13/19), but likely will get more reactive with warmer temperatures coming and sunshine. We were fortunate to have the "cloud of mouldore" over us all day, which kept the snow "A-grade". We did notice an old natural on a steep road bank from the storm day (Weds), with the slope shedding the new snow fairly early in the storm it appeared.

We even skied a S SW to end the day and while not quite as deep on the ridgeline, it got progressively deeper as we skied down the slope. Firmer base from prervious wind and sun, but excellent skiing. The new snow seemed to be a bit more adhered to this base layer, probably der to the winds breaking up the surface hoar early during the storm and the previous sun effect.

Summary: the layers are there to cause problems, especially with warming and/or sun exposure coming as the weekend nears. It wasn't reactive yesterday (Thurs), but that will change with the weather coming.

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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 
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