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Snow Pit, Belledonne, 7 December 2017

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Published on Dec 7, 2017

Quite an interesting snowpit in the Belledonne range, France. There is 140cm of snow depth on this NW facing slope with two crusts in the snowpack. Not too much of a temperature gradient but some surface hoar crystals have formed in the anticyclonic conditions. The top 5cm of snow is not well bonded, neither is the snow above the first crust - about 50cm depth. The avalanche bulletin has spoken of the possibility of slabs of this depth, it seems there is a layer of less cohesive snow above the crust.

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