Shallow Snowpack in Lake Fork Drainage

Location Name: 
Lake Fork
Williams Lake Area
Date and time of observation: 
Wed, 12/27/2017 - 11:30
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United States
36° 32' 54.1608" N, 105° 26' 36.1428" W

Observation made by: Forecaster
Snowpit Observations
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Even at high elevation, our snowpack is looking very bleak. Above 11000', snow exists mostly as sugary facets (in the shade) or thin layers of melt-freeze crust (in the sun), ranging in depth from 1-14in. Above 12000', isolated pockets of wind slab are still holding on in shady, northerly aspects, but even these have been heavily scoured and are deteriorating. With stability test in one of these pockets I got results of CTV, SP simultaneously of a surface wind slab and a slightly deeper hard slab (see snowpit photo). With not much hope of snowfall in the forecast and an inability to link up the patches of existing snow to make any turns, these are not a huge concern right now. But a good reminder that a weak overall snowpack structure exists in these easily triggered shallow pockets.


Photo 1: Looking up Lake Fork drainage. Snowpit dug in the shady area on the left.

Photo 2: Isolated pockets of wind slab being chewed away by previous days of high winds.

Photo 3: CTV, SP simultaneously of both surface wind slab and underlying hard slab.

Photo 4: Is that a tent I see pitched above William's Lake? Must still be camping season...

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