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Giddy Giddy and Avalanche Gulch

Location Name: 
Avalanche Gulch
Region: 
Mt. Shasta
Date and time of observation: 
Mon, 03/05/2018 - 11:00pm
Observation made by: 
Forecaster
Red Flags: 
Rapid warming

Location Map

96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 23' 4.5636" N, 122° 13' 15.6432" W
California US

Snowpack Observations

Details

Sunny skies and calm westerly winds made for a beautiful tour up Giddy Giddy/Avalanche Gulch today.

  • No recent avalanches or signs of instability
  • Previous wind loading above treeline on S-SE-E aspects but no wind slabs encountered
  • No active wind loading
  • Roller balls and pinwheels on steep SW-S-SE-E aspects up to 10k
  • Zipper crust on southerly aspects up to 8K
  • Despite wind ripples and small wind whales, snow surfaces have remained soft near and above treeline and ski quality is good (ski penetration 20cm)
  • Plenty of low density snow is available for transport

Photos

Weather Observations

Statistics

Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Blowing Snow: 
No
Precipitation: 
None
Accumulation rate: 
None
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Wind Direction: 
Northwest