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Chutes Snowpit

Location Name: 
Gray Butte
Mt. Shasta
Date and time of observation: 
Mon, 12/27/2021 - 3:11pm
Observation made by: 
Red Flags:
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

Location Map

96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 20' 54.6756" N, 122° 11' 39.5016" W
California US

Snowpack Observations


  • Observation Location:  Gray Butte - The Chutes
  • Elevation:  7959 feet
  • Date: 20211227
  • Time: 15:11
  • Observer:  Off Duty Patroller
  • Sky Conditions: Overcast (OVC)
  • Current Precipitation: Type - SN, Rate - S-1
  • Air Temperature: 17 °F
  • Surface Penetration: Ski penetration (PS) = 4 cm, boot penetration (PF) = 45 cm
  • Total Snow Depth (HS): 150 cm
  • Wind Direction: ESE
  • Wind Speed: Calm (C), 3 mi/hr 
  • Column & Block Tests:  
    • Slope Angle & Aspect:  24º, NW
    • ECTN22 BRK ↓ 30 cm

We dug a pit on a NW facing slope at 7,059 ft.  Wind transport and cornice formation was visible along ridgelines - about 4 cm of new wind-loaded snow at the surface.  ECTN22 showed a break occurring just under impact point on a fist-hard layer underneath four-finger slab about 30 cm from the surface.  No whumpfing, cracking, or other signs of instability were observed. We did not see any avalanches or signs of previous avalanches.  Snowpack depth down to ground was 150 cm with a steady progression of hardness from F, 4F, 1F to P in the lower 120 cm.  

Weather Observations


The day began with moderate to strong winds and broken clouds.  Wind-loading was observed on the E aspect of Red Hill around 6700ft.  Decreasing to SE, calm winds in the afternoon, patches of solar radiation, and no new precipitation on the way up the south aspect of Gray Butte.  Overcast conditions by 2pm, a steady SN, S-1 beginning, and temps around 17oF.


Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
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