Granite Chief

Location Name: 
Granite Chief
Date and time of observation: 
Fri, 12/08/2017 - 14:00
Location Map: 
United States
39° 11' 53.4192" N, 120° 17' 25.2132" W

Observation made by: Educator at Alpenglow Expeditions
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

We travelled between Granite Chief and Needle peak along the ridge.  We wanted to look for the presence of wind slabs in N/NW aspects.  At 8700 feet on a north aspect our results were CTM/SP 8cm down on 0.5-1.0mm facets over MFcr.  At 8725 on a NW aspect our results were CTM at 15cm down on 1mm facets and CTH at 30cm down on facets over MFcr.  We were able to confrim the presence of wind slabs as forecasted.  No new avalanches were observed.  HS is 90-120cm near ridgeline. 

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Cloud Cover: 
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 
More detailed information about the weather: 

A clear day with a few clouds in the sky. We observed occassional light winds from the east in the afternoon today.  On southerly aspects it was calm winds and above freezing temps.