Saturday, February 16, 2013
A Question for You
There are many things I love about ski touring. Yeah, there's the powder and the endless possibilities for adventuring, but then there are all the weird things you see because of the viscoelastic properties of snow. It helps stimulate the synapses. On today's tour, we noticed that the snow was much deeper on the south side of these aspens than on the north side. The slope wasn't very steep, perhaps 10 degrees. So, my question for you snow types out there is how does this happen. Is the tree preventing settlement on the uphill side? Was there wind transport during the storm with snow collecting on the south side? Inquiring minds want to know.