See snowpilot profile for snow structure. We observed cracking around our pit location, with clean interfaces 10-20cm deep, though all our test results (ECTP15 and ECTP21) failed on a sun crust (65cm down) we think formed sometime last weekend.
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We saw evidence of roller balls, and small wet loose avalanches from the previous days warm up (R.5 D.5) We encountered good snow conditions, however we did experience short sections of up to 10cm boot pen in the fan on the southernmost aspects in . . .
Found good snow above 4,000 feet.
Skinning up Hillman’s for a run Wednesday late afternoon encountered a firm and settled snowpack with 4+ inches of powder on top.
I observed a consolidated base and anticipate new snow on this surface/snowpack will . . .
While on descent from the Standard Route area at Frankenstein at 1:30pm, with a temperature of 40F we observed a debris pile from a wet loose/point release below some rocks near where the climbers trail begins to head down rib between the north slabs . . .
Our avalanche course visited the lower part of Gully #2 in GoS today to escape the crowds. While practicing compression tests, we found sudden planar fractures during our easy taps. These fractures were on a thin layer of small facets 20cm down, . . .
Bright sunshine, low wind. 35F tucked in sunny corner of the ravine. South facing aspects receiving the most direct sun warmed (moist snow) to about 10 cm down from surface. North facing aspects remained cold, dry.
Snow on the west side around ammonoosuc ravine was variable with lots of ice and rocks. West facing terrain was generally scoured except for pockets more sheltered from winds such as Monroe Brooke. Sasturgi all around the Lakes of the Clouds area.
We observed the following signs of natural avalanche activity, likely occurring this past Tuesday into Wednesday:
+Crown high in Dodge’s Drop with debris that ran into the dogleg of Hillman’s Highway
+Crown high in Left Gully
+Crown to looker’s right . . .
Overall, not much of a developed snowpack in Burt or Ammonoosuc Ravines, limited to small pockets of snow and lots of rocks. Did not see into Monroe Brook. From a distance, the small snowfields looked wind textured.
Recent snow last Tuesday-Wednesday has increased the depth of the snowpack in Crawford Notch, most notable on Cinema Gully on Mt Willard, Central Slab and Landslide on Mt Webster.