calm wind conditions with light to moderate snowfall. 3-4" snowfall today.
Jan 18, 2023
Blue Lake Peak
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Investigated D3 avalanche on N side of Blue Lake Peak. This occurred in the past several days. This natural avalanche slid on the Christmas crust and stepped down into Nov. facets.
In the Liberty bowl area there are 3-4" of new snow sitting atop a very fine melt freeze crust with small surface hoar above and near surface facets below. This fine crust did not impact ski quality which was excellent. The snow above the Christmas crust is right side up and varied in depth from 60 to 90 cm. The new snow on the surface included capped columns which is just really exciting to see under magnification, but isn't really significant. No shooting cracks were observed, and no layers sheared in hard shear tests in the snow above the Christmas crust. We stayed away from wind loaded slopes, so we can't speak to that problem. Our focus was on the Blue Lake Peak avalanche.