>a favorite local watering hole!


Garon M., Heather and I spent the day at the easily accessible Girls Camp Bowl in West Pine Creek. I’ll let the photos and video tell the story. Some important info would be east aspects at 7,000 ft have been effected by the sun the last two days creating a thick melt freeze crust. Also significant surface hoar is forming on east, north, and west aspects. We did not venture onto any south facing terrain today.
It was so nice to earn our turns and ski soft un-tracked snow. Garon and Heather were perfect companions for this beautiful Friday.
Heather racing to the top of Girls Camp Bowl in West Pine Creek

Recent avalanche activity on Stouts Mountain

The mighty northeast face of Stouts Mountain

Heather Lords finding bliss in deep soft snow!

We dug two pits and had similar test results. This video is of the first pit at 6500′ where a Q3 resulted at 21. I continued to 30 trying to get the column to propagate on the ice and/or facet layer closer to the ground. A small ice layer and a very small layer of buried surface hoar in our second pit (7,000ft NE) was noticed but did not propagate (stopped at CT 30) on a 38 degree slope.


That’s me skiing slightly funky snow (east aspect) on the left side of the Girls Camp Bowl. A steep plumb line of love! We found the best soft snow on north and northeast aspect of the bowl.

-Dean Lords


7 responses to “>a favorite local watering hole!

  1. >I'm glad to see you left me some fresh snow shots and didn't completely ski it up!!!Did you ski any other lines besides the bowl?

  2. >We skied the nice fall line just skiers right of the gut; the one we did last year. Then we each skied seperate lines on our second lap. We did not travel west to the middle rib or the west bowl. We spooned each other's tracks on the lines we did ski together, so there is a lot of realisate left for you guys.

  3. >Sorry, no can do for the Lords'. New snow for next week and i've got a few exploration ideas in mind if you are interested in having an adventure on Wednesday!?!?

  4. >Dean-Looks like you guys have really been getting out! Good for you. That looked like a nice shot in the second vid.My suggestion for you when doing compression tests is to make sure your first 10 taps are from the wrist, not the elbow. Of course everyone is going to apply slightly different amounts of force when performing compression tests, but the idea is that it is a stability test that we (skiers/boarders) can perform without carrying any extra gear. If we don't all perform them the same then comparing results is meaningless. Cam Campbell in your new vid gives a great demo…The new test I find myself doing is the Extended Column Test. This is essentially a compression test on a larger column of snow. The idea here is to see if a failure in the weak layer will propagate across the column, and of course how much force it will take for that failure to occur.Good to see you're getting your nose in the snow! It is the season for it, eh?

  5. >Marc – Thanks for noticing my "strong wrist"! Turbo pointed this out to me as well. Definately something i will be more vigilant with in "tapping" and not swinging. We've really been having fun digging around in the snow this year. There is a lot to see and it has really helped with my basic snowpack understanding. Anymore, it's almost as fun as skiing itself!Hopefully our paths will cross something this year. Thanks for your input and contributions to the blog. It's always apreciated.

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