Ball Butte conditions

Observation Date/Time:
Wed, Mar 18, 2020 - 12:00 PM
Reporter(s):
Aaron Hartz
Location/Elevation:
Broken Top Area
Report Type:
Snow Conditions   No Avalanche Activity  
Travel Mode:
Ski or Snowboard  

Written Report:
Skiing on Ball Butte today I saw a variety of snow surfaces. At and adjacent to ridge tops on south, east and north aspects, the surface was a mix of crust or old windslabs. Windslabs were not reactive to ski cuts and were well bonded. Below ridge tops, I found preserved powder and/or wind affected snow on SE, E, and NE aspects.

No signs of unstable snow and no avalanche problems were observed today. At 1pm (@ 7800ft) I measured the air temperature to be -0.5C (31F). It wasn't quite warm enough for the loose wet problem to kick in today. The wind ranged from calm to light and shifted out of the SW, S, and E.

Overall, the ski quality was pretty good.

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