Virginia Lakes

Location Name: 
Mt. Olsen
Region: 
BWRA
Date and time of observation: 
Sun, 02/04/2018 - 12:02
Location Map: 


Red Flags: 
Rapid warming

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

Highly variable surface snow conditions. As I traveled in the alpine I observed: Surface Hoar, Near Surface Facets, sun cups, raised trail or anti-tracks, wind scalloped & wind packed, & my favorite dry snow. Dry snow really only existed on North aspects in the shade, devoid of wind effect. The south facing cornice in the saddle was deforming its way down the slope. Average snow depth in skiable terrain 70cm(27.5")

Snowpack photos: 
Anti-track
cornice creep
Sun dogs
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Northeast
Accumulation rate: 
More detailed information about the weather: 

More than half of the sky was sunny. 3.3C degrees (38F) in the shade. Winds were light from the NE.