West Facing Slopes below Wheeler

Location Name: 
West Facing Slopes below Wheeler
Williams Lake Area
Date and time of observation: 
Fri, 12/20/2019 - 12:23
Location Map: 
United States
36° 33' 20.8908" N, 105° 25' 17.8032" W

Observation made by: Forecaster
Snowpit Observations
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Cold but sunny morning, with widespread surface hoar and near surface faceting below and near treeline.  Went onto to West facing slopes below Wheeler Peak.  Found basal facets and mid pack graupel and facet crust layers.  Near and below treeline our snowpack is settling during this stretch of high pressure.  We continue to get moderate to hard force in extended column tests. Overall the snowpack on west aspects near and above treeline is averaging about 100 to 180cm.  We found a lot of variability in terms of snowpack structure while traveling across these slopes. Below cliffs we were finding graupel layers to be more reactive.  Not every slope had basal facets.   Above treeline recent winds have moved snow into breakable wind crusts.  Better conditions for skiing and riding near and below treeline.  


Photo 1: Surface Hoar below treeline

Photo 2 and 3: ECTP 16 on the mid pack graupel layer

Photo 4: Graupel layer and a deeper faceted layer


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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
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Another cold morning with clear skies.  Temperatures warmed during the day but only into the 20's.  Winds were calm.