In an isolated ENE terrain feature at 4800’ I dug a pit down to a firm layer. HS 185cm. I performed a CT which resulted in a CT12 at 115cm, Q2, on DF. There are several layers of facets between the observed crust layers. This failed BELOW a crust . . .
Lip/ center bowl slid on Friday evening from the new 1.5” snow transported on high winds and reloaded. Debris in runout soft. Sluice has not run and has fresh suspect windslab.
Right gully is variable snow with both bulletproof and soft . . .
We climbed Gully #3 from Hermit Lake to the ridge. The lower third was post-holing in breakable crust with very sugary snow beneath while the upper climb was supportable melt-freeze crust (from December 3). Cross-loading over the past week has left . . .
Found limited amounts of 2.4″ new snow loaded into Huntington Ravine. New snow was only found in isolated areas. Surface conditions to the right of the Fan and beneath Damnation, Yale and North varied from finger to pencil hardness wind board, . . .
.06 SWE fell early in the morning, likely around 2 inches very low density snow. Northwest wind for a couple of hours in the 60-70 mph range moving snow in plumes this afternoon. Small human-triggered avalanche in Right Gully ( plus another but with . . .
Large areas of hard wind slab yielding hard but clean failures in stability tests, with smaller and fewer areas of soft wind slab which remains reactive, producing easy and clean failures.
Able to intentionally skier trigger the small pocket of soft . . .
We climbed and ski Diagonal, The fan at the bottom on top of the bulge was of greatest concern, hand shear pulled easily we where able to mange and avoid the area on the way up and down. The snow in the gully varied in depth from 50cm to 150cm +. It . . .
Evidence of strong NW and W wind scouring and deposition, with cross loaded pockets. Alpine terrain generally scoured to or very near to 12/3 supportable crust. In pockets of recently formed wind slab, weak layer of concern seems to be within new . . .
Toured up to the mouth of Right Gully. Carefully avoided the floor and the run-outs of Center Bowl and Chute which have reloaded with more wind transported snow. Snow was soft and very reactive in the sheltered locations low in the Ravine, but . . .
Full Profile Snow Pit. 150cm snow down to tops of krumholtz.