Wildy Bowl / Hidden

Location Name: 
Wildy Bowl / Hidden
Williams Lake Area
Date and time of observation: 
Sun, 12/15/2019 - 12:34
Location Map: 
United States
36° 33' 45.8136" N, 105° 26' 27.2472" W

Red Flags: 
Recent avalanche activity
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsing
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Obvious avalanche path

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

Went to see what the new storm snow was doing today.  In the morning the low density new snow was only 3 to 4 inches deep.  Winds seemed to die down this morning and conditions were pleasant.  Snow continued to fall during the day, and winds seemed to pick up mid morning as we started to notice density changes within the new snow.  At around noon we did trigger a small avalanche within the new snow as there was a very subtle density change.  On the way out we had observed several natural avalanches that were mostly D1 in size and only within the storm slab. We did observe one larger natural that appeared to have harder debris than others, maybe indicating that it ran within older snow on a persistent weak layer.  It seemed like we picked up an additional 3 to 5 inches of snow during the day.  Storm totals are now at 5 to 8" with about .5 to .7" of water.

Photo 1: Depth Hoar in a shallow snowpack on a NW aspect at about 11,900'

Photo 2: A very small slide that we triggered on a N aspect at 11,800' within the new storm snow when we noticed the denisty change within the storm snow

Photo 3: Larger avalanche debris from a natural avalanche on the backside of Kachina Peak.  This potentially stepped down into older snow.

Photo 4 : Natural avalanche on the backside of Kachina peak that we observed at 1 pm.  This was most likely just storm slab and you can make the small crown.

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
More detailed information about the weather: 

Snow throughout the day where we picked up an additional 3 - 5 inches during the day.  Winds were light below treeline with moderate winds near and above treeline with gusts stronger.  The low density snow was being transported during the day.