Item: Storage and redistribution of snow upwind of an avalanche catchment
Title: Storage and redistribution of snow upwind of an avalanche catchment
Proceedings: 1986 International Snow Science Workshop, Lake Tahoe, California, USA
Authors: R. A. Schmidt and Hal Hartman
Abstract: Checking fetch storage and computing evaporation from drifting snow can improve estimates of avalanche loading. Density of residual snow on a 600m fetch at Snowmass Ski Area in Colorado was 85% of the mean density in drifts of completely relocated snow with equal depth. Predicted winter evaporation is almost 20% of drifting from the fetch. This paper suggests a method for estimating sublimation from drifting during individual storms.
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Keywords: upwind snow, fetch storage, evaporation
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