Dispatcher Bowl

Glacier National Park

j.dellzak , Saturday 27th March, 2021 8:10PM

We skinned up to Dispatcher Bowl today. Temperatures were mild, flurries occurred throughout the day, and there was some wind transport of snow. We felt the snowpack collapsing as we were climbing though Dispatcher Bowl above about 2050 m. We dug a quick pit at 2200 m and observed easy sudden planar failure of the upper 45 cm snow on the melt freeze crust (see photo). Small wet loose failures and pinwheeling were noticeable below about 1800 m.

Snow conditions were: Heavy, Powder. Weather conditions were: Cloudy. We rode: Alpine slopes, Mellow slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Convex slopes, Steep slopes, Sunny slopes. Riding quality was good.

Avalache Conditions: Whumpfing or drum-like sounds or shooting cracks.