BC Zone Observation Report
Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 12:00 AM
Loveland Ski Area Steeps. Flat area above convexity to A-Bowl start zone, our typical pit site for this path.
Approached from above path. Safe ingress and egress at this location.
20 deg, winds 25-40 WSW, OVC, Snow S-1. Previous and current wind loading.
Total depth 95 cm. We observed a deteriorating crust at about 30-35cm from the ground last Thursday. It's lost most of it's strength and has gone from 1F+/P to 4F+. The snow above the crust has matured from F+ to 1F+ as a wind slab has formed during this cycle. The Basal facets are pretty much the same at 1-2cm and 4F hardness. The Facets closest to the ground are rounding and "warm" as they can be compressed into a cohesive "ball" with some water present. The facets dry out quickly and become bouncy and sugary about 5cm up all the way to 30cm and the crust.
HS-ASr-R2-D2-G Path slid on our approach or the approach of another 3 person crew for snow study.
AS / r
G - At Ground/Ice/Firm