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Title: 5" of hoar frost - most exposers
Post by: dberdinka on 12/07/18, 01:26 PM
Took a late night stroll to the Park Butte Lookout on Thursday night (12/7).  Majority of exposures above 4500' had 5" of beautiful, light hoar frost on top of a solid, refrozen crust.  Now finally with a solid forecast for snow in the next week, seems like winter might start out kind of sketchy.  Take it easy out there!


Title: Re: 5" of hoar frost - most exposers
Post by: jdclimber on 12/07/18, 03:19 PM
Any pictures? Not sure I have ever seen crystals that big. Sounds wild.


Title: Re: 5" of hoar frost - most exposers
Post by: peteyboy on 12/07/18, 11:43 PM
Thanks for the heads up - with low snow levels and wind following the start of deposition, we may have ourselves a classic continental problem again, and with skiers with a maritime mindset, we know how bad things may happen.


Title: Re: 5" of hoar frost - most exposers
Post by: Jason4 on 12/10/18, 11:38 AM
Thanks for the warning, it'll be spicy this week above 5000'.


Title: Re: 5" of hoar frost - most exposers
Post by: Jason4 on 12/12/18, 07:58 AM
Please be careful out there friends.  Nothing that has happened in the last week was enough to change the facets, reports from the field at Heather Meadows yesterday were of frequent remote triggers with easy propagation 2.5-3' deep.  There has been some settling in the new snow which means the slab is getting stronger but still sits on top of the PWL.


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