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Green Butte Ridge in Old Ski Bowl

Location Name: 
Old Ski Bowl
Mt. Shasta
Date and time of observation: 
Mon, 04/03/2023 - 1:01pm
Observation made by: 
Red Flags:
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsing
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

Location Map

96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 21' 55.2168" N, 122° 12' 25.1388" W
California US

Snowpack Observations


The venue for today’s observation was the Old Ski Bowl. Sam and I set out to see how the wind slab problem was developing near and above treeline. Additionally, we began chipping away at snow removal for the Bunny Flat facilities. Shout out to the folks who have been up there shoveling. You are appreciated!

Northwest winds were actively loading slopes near and above treeline at moderate speeds with strong gusts. Wind drifts five to eight inches deep on southerly slopes were observed on top of a uniform crust. Around specific terrain features like beneath cliffs bands and protected rollovers, larger amounts of drifted snow existed. These were the most sensitive locations we observed this problem. Slopes above treeline were being actively wind-loaded. Blowing snow was experienced throughout the day and our snowmobile tracks became completely re-filled over a couple of hours. Signs of previous wind effect were stark along ridgelines and wind-exposed areas. Two to four inches of fresh snow existed on the ground near treeline with higher amounts likely at the upper elevations. Graupel fell semi consistently over the outing at mixed rates. Overcast cloudy skies with active winds and below freezing temperatures made for a legitimate wintertime vibe.

  • Observation Location: Green Butte 
  • Elevation: 8,000 feet 
  • Date: 2023.03.03
  • Time: 1230
  • Observer: E.Falconer S.Clairmont 
  • Sky Conditions:  Broken (BKN) | Overcast (OVC) | Obscured (X)]
  • Current Precipitation: Type - GR / Rate - S1
  • Air Temperature: 15 °F
  • Surface Penetration: Snowmobile penetration (PS) = 12 in (20 cm), boot penetration (PF) = 14 in (35 cm)
  • Total Snow Depth (HS): 40 in (100 cm)
  • Wind Direction: N-NW
  • Wind Speed:  Moderate (M), 17-25 mi/hr, small trees sway | Strong (S), 26-38 mi/hr, whole trees in motion 
  • Column & Block Tests:
    • Slope Angle & Aspect 20º, SE 
    • ECTX


  • Snownado!
  • Wind slab eight inches deep on top of crust. Near treeline
  • Visibility near treeline
  • Drifting snow on southerly aspect near treeline
  • Snow blowing over ridge onto southerly slope beneath
  • Graupel!
  • Bunny Flat before we started shoveling. 2023.03.03

Weather Observations


Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Blowing Snow: 
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Speed: 
Wind Direction: