Smuggler's Near Minaret Vista
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 1:00pm
Several small convex test slopes released D0.5 wind slab and wet storm slab avalanches with ski cutting mid day. All results were on NW aspects around 9500' near and below treeline. Slabs were soft: 4F hard and 15cm thick moist storm or wind deposited snow that broke between 10' and 20' wide and slid between 10' and 5' on 45 and 50 degree slopes. Weak layer was dry F- hard DFs mixed with grauppel, dry. RB2 WB, ECTP 3, and ECTPV results at the same interface on the same aspects and elevation.
Winds were moderate with strong gusts for the SW near and above treeline and light to moderate for the SW below treeline. Plenty of blowing snow onto northerly aspects even with the wet heavy nature of the storm snow. Snow gave way to rain below 9100'.