Irregular wind loading from a NE wind

Location Name: 
Wheeler Peak ridge
Region: 
Williams Lake Area
Date and time of observation: 
Wed, 03/29/2017 - 10:30
Location Map: 
United States
36° 33' 59.7024" N, 105° 25' 22.1916" W
US


Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Obvious avalanche path

Observation made by: Forecaster
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

On wed my partners and I toured up onto the Wheeler Peak ridge (SW aspect, 12,100ft) to investigate the effects of strong NE and N winds overnight.  We found modest wind effect in the higher elevations with the SW aspect getting an unusual load due to the abnormal wind direction.  The new snow was bonding well and we felt good skiing moderatly steep terrain but acknowledged the fact that we would stay off of any slopes steeper than 35 degree which had a wind load.  Skiing was good, especially in sheltered areas below treeline.

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
North