Classification of snow surfaces

TitleClassification of snow surfaces
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1937
AuthorsBaldwin, H. I.
Conference Name5th Annual Western Interstate Snow Survey Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 5th Annual Western Interstate Snow Survey Conference
Date PublishedJanuary 1938
PublisherAmerican Geophysical Union, Transactions, Part II:
Conference LocationDavis, California
KeywordsWinter sports classification, Winter sports snow conditions

A classification of snow and crust conditions containing 14 items and definitions is presented. The descriptions are based on reports obtained from stations with more than 4 inches of snow. The snow depth is measured regularly at the same fixed point in a field unaffected by drifts. Soft, dry snow include fluffy, powder, new, and heavy types.Spring snow conditions are described as granular and frozen granular. Crust conditions are referred to as glazed, breakable, wind crust, common crust and icy crust. Some observations on snow conditions reported from New England are included. A dictionary list of acceptable snow surface conditions are listed and definitions are shown.