Appears to be a natural. We didn’t get high enough to get a close look as the surface was pencil hard in exposed terrain. Some soft turns were found in the woods though. Flume and Silver Cascade both had pockets of 4F however those are few and far . . .
The half inch of snow that fell on the summit Thursday blew in nicely on lee slopes. Soft snow is tucked into slopes here and there though firm snow beneath looked like it made the drop ins very exciting. Lots of firm snow in general, crampons would . . .
In the gully was quite stable bed surface from previous avalanching. We climbed and dug outside the track on the skiers left side. I found stability to be fair to good in our location (i.e. what you might call a pocket of moderate in a low . . .
Hand shears from lower Hitchcock below the rock step. All initiated while forming the block in pencil hard snow roughly 10 and 20 cm down.
Wind scouring at the top of Central Gully was so extreme that what snow was remaining was extremely firm and there was exposed water ice at the top of the gulley just before you top out (where there normally is just snow).
Overall, firm, knife hard surface from the tracks to the base of the upper lower Gully.
Obvious loading below the rock step, however it was largely unreactive.
I was able to get repeatable hand shears just below the rock step with moderate . . .
Natural avalanche occurred during the February 25 storm. 8.5″ snow & sustained high winds.
Crown estimated to be 3′ tall, 200 feet wide and very low with respect to the whole slope of Raymond’s Cataract.
Natural avalanche occurred during the February 25 storm. Heavily refilled and eroded. Visible crown line 2″. The shape of the crown suggests that it may have extended to lookers left under Dutchess and also some signs of it to lookers right around . . .
Day after the February 25 storm. 8.5″ snow & sustained high winds.
Lots of wind transport occurring. Found 4Finger stiffness slabs developing mid day in the open, some reactivity with hand shears and a shooting crack across the surface. I would suspect Hitchcock Gully could be pretty exciting post snow/wind event. I . . .