Avalanche Advisory published on Dec 25, 2018 at 9:54 pm
The upper snowpack may have denser windslabs over weaker snow in some areas.
The mid-pack contains the buried surface hoar (SH) from Dec. 8th. This weak layer is usually identifiable in the snowpack by spotting the Dec. 11 rain crust 5-10cm above the SH. The SH layer has exhibited a high degree of variability regarding depth and test results. In the last week it has been found as shallow as 50cm at Paulina Pk, and as deep as 150cm at Ball Butte. In some places, the SH is well preserved and in others it is degrading and breaking down.
The lower-pack is strong.
This snowpack summary applies only to backcountry areas. Click here for a map of the area. This snowpack summary describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur. This snowpack summary expires in 48 hours unless otherwise noted.
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