Gem

Date

12/28/2019

Location

Day #

33

Ski Partners

Jeffrey C., Amy L.

Weather

HSN24

15cm

HSN48

15cm

Precip

S-1

Sky

Overcast

Winds

Calm

Temps

15F (10F/15F)

Ski Pen

15cm

Foot Pen

40cm

Weather Forecast

Light snow, cold, calm and overcast.

Avalanche Forecast

Rating

2,2,2

Hazard

Small-large persistent slabs possible on NW-N-E all elevations. Small wind slabs possible on E-S-SW ATL.

Snowpack Observations

Snowpack observed on NE-E aspects BTL (8800-10200′). HS ~80-130cm.

Generally saw a thinner and weaker snowpack as we traveled from the sled parking spot to the base of the Gem (E aspect, 8800-9400′, HS ~80-100cm, mostly faceted mid/lower pack).

The Gem held 30-40cm of unconsolidated storm snow from the past several days. Top 90cm was F->1F (top down) slab sitting on 30-40cm basal facets. Inconsistent test results: ECTN, CT21 (SC), and PST 20/100(end). No recent activity observed, no cracking, and no whumfing.

Riding Quality

Excellent skiing on 30-40cm of unconsolidated storm snow from the past several days sitting on a supportable base.

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