Lake Fork Peak

Location Name: 
Lake Fork Peak
Region: 
Williams Lake Area
Date and time of observation: 
Fri, 12/06/2019 - 11:38
Location Map: 
United States
36° 32' 55.9788" N, 105° 26' 39.3612" W
US


Red Flags: 
Obvious avalanche path

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

Took advantage of the nice weather and got into the alpine today.  4 - 6" of snow fell yesterday (mostly graupel) that really improved the skiing and riding.  Areas below treeline are faceting quickly on all aspect and we are observing faceting happening near treeline as well.  Near treeline we are finding deeper snowpacks (60 - 100cm) while traveling on supportable slabs from previous wind events.  Above treeline we have hard slabs that formed from the strong wind event on 11/30.  South and west aspects above treeline have a much thinner snowpack and in many places were stripped down to bare ground.  Deeper snowpacks above treeline are found on North and East aspects from wind loading (150 cm +) in places. Did not observe any wind slab formation on leeward aspects.

Photo 1: Graupel pooling below steep rock faces

Photo 2: Traveling on wind slabs above treeline

Photo 3: Snowpit from 12,900' on a NE aspect showing a deeper snowpack and hard slabs

 

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
West
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

Clear night with cold temperatures this morning.  Winds were light out of the West.  No new snow transporting.