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East side

Location Name: 
Ash Creek Butte
East of Mt Shasta
Date and time of observation: 
Thu, 12/27/2018 - 1:30pm
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Location Map

96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 26' 55.032" N, 122° 2' 31.5744" W
California US

Snowpack Observations


  • Average HS at 7,000 feet : 170 cm
  • Average HS above December 13/14 rain crust: 70 cm
  • Widespread sun crust on most aspects and at most elevations. 
  • Thick, hard wind slabs along ridgelines, near and above treeline, difficult to trigger
  • Old avalanche debris in east bowl runout zone
  • Minor cracking of wind slabs along northeast ridge, out toward the weather station
  • Heavy ice armor coating north sides of trees
  • Right side up snowpack above rain crust
  • Stability test (ECTN23@37cm(RP) - North aspect, 7,300 feet - 28 degree slope
  • Pilgrim Creek snowpark still closed. We parked trucks approximately .25 miles past where the pavement turns to dirt along the 19 road (Military Pass). Snow coverage on road was good from there. Logging operations have ceased at this time. Some vehicle traffic tracks are on the road but soon dissipate. 


  • Pit profile from Ash Creek Butte area
  • Skinning up the east bowl, notice wind off the ridgeline
  • Thick ice armor coating trees

Weather Observations


  • Strong northerly wind
  • Visible plumes of snow blowing off summit of Ash Creek Butte
  • Mostly clear skies with isolated, low clouds 
  • Cold, 18 degrees F, mid-afternoon


Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Blowing Snow: 
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Below Freezing
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