State of the Snowpack for 1/1/2022 - 1/7/2022

Dates of the Week: 
1/1/2022 to 1/7/2022
Avalanche Problems: 
General Snowpack Structure: 
  • Widespread wind effects at all elevations and in typically sheltered areas. Only the most sheltered and densely treed areas are spared. 
  • Wind slabs existed on open slopes at all elevations.
  • Rain crust on all aspects up to ~8200 ft. 
  • Layering consists of various storm snow layers and wind slabs.
Weather Events: 
  • Strong NE wind event on 1/1
  • Gale force SW winds return by 1/3 and continue through 1/4. Winds reach lower elevations and typically sheltered areas. Midslope gusts hit 60 mph with ridgetop gusts reaching up to 140 mph.
  • Small storm on 1/3-1/4 with rising snow levels and light rain up to at least 8200 ft on 1/4.
  • W winds on 1/5. SW winds on 1/6-1/7