Wind slabs and surface conditions on the East side
By Frank Carus
Date of Observation: March 7, 2019 1:00 PM
Location of Observation: Huntington, low beneath North; lower Hillman’s and Lowder Snowfields
Wind slabs distributed widely through the terrain and mixed in with enough hard snow to complicate booting and skinning. Clean shears observed in the new 5″ thick wind slab formed over the past day or two led a party to bail in the approach to Diagonal…good call. Poor visibility and some continued wind loading kept a party in GoS making observations on lower angled areas where reactive pockets led them to avoid the upper start zone. They found some facets near an ice crust on the eve of the gully where it hadn’t been hit by recent avalanches.
D1-2 sized avalanches seem possible still in protected areas, beneath cliffs and slabs and in lee slopes and gullies. Soft snow on the Sherburne and GoS trails! Tomorrow may be a better day to ease higher into the terrain.