Gem

Date

01/03/2020

Location

Day #

36

Ski Partners

Ben Saheb, Mitch

Weather

HSN24

8"

HSN48

25"

Precip

S5 (9-11am); S2 (11am-12pm); S1 (12pm-3pm)

Sky

Obscured

Winds

Calm AM. Light breeze PM

Temps

15F @ trailhead at 9am

Ski Pen

40cm

Foot Pen

60cm

Weather Forecast

The Gem received ~25″ of new snow over the last 48 hours. Steamboat Lake wx station showing low-moderate winds from the West, none of which affected the snow surface as it was blower pow. Skies overcast to obscured all day. Snowing all day at rates upwards of 2″/hour at times. Temps started at 15F at the parking lot and rose to mid-20’s by mid-afternoon.

Avalanche Forecast

Rating

3,3,3

Hazard

Wind slab on NE-SE aspects NTL & ATL small to large likely. Persistent slab on N-SE NTL & ATL small to large possible.

Snowpack Observations

Snowpack depth 150-180cm. Snow surface ~50cm unconsolidated storm snow and no wind affect.

Snowpit at 9600′, 34*, HS170cm. CT11 Q2 (RP) @ 50cm. ECTX. Progressive hardness F- to 1F (top to bottom). Thin melt/freeze layer @ 60cm. Mid pack facets appear to be rounding. Basal facets and the overall the snowpack showing signs of healing.

No results ski cutting test slopes and rollovers. No signs of instability all day.

Travel was difficult with all the new snow.

Riding Quality

Amazing! One of the top days of skiing I’ve had in Steamboat. Snow quality A++

Photos

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