Lake Fork Peak

Location Name: 
Lake Fork Peak
Williams Lake Area
Date and time of observation: 
Sun, 12/29/2019 - 12:39
Location Map: 
United States
36° 32' 48.03" N, 105° 26' 28.3812" W

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

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

Went out to get above treeline on ridgelines to see what the storm slab was doing was doing.  Lot's of low density snow made for easy conditions to break trail, even in the deep snow.  Winds were calm and snow was only transporting at ridgelines above treeline.  Soft storm slabs had formed just below ridgelines, but these slabs were mostly only extending 100' below.  Ski cuts were effective with storm slabs breaking 1 to 2' in thickness, but not running very far.  This was one of those rare storms for us that ended cold with very light winds.  Most steep slopes on all aspects were sluffing loose dry snow.  We still find shallow snowpacks above treeline with weak faceted layers that we are still able to get to fail with moderate to hard force.

Photo 1:  Slabs forming on the leeward side of ridgelines

Photo 2: Debris from a natural avalanche some point during the storm on Saturday on a NE aspect

Photo 3: Light winds easily transporting snow above treeline at the ridgetops

Photo 4: Lots of low density snow

Photo 5: Persistent weak layers that we continue to get fail with moderate to hard force

Photo 6: Slab that we were easily able to trigger just below the ridgeline on a N aspect

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 
Accumulation rate: 
More detailed information about the weather: 

A mix of sun and clouds throughout the day with light flurries at times.  Winds were light but snow was transporting on ridgelines.