Rock hard melt/freeze crusts

Location Name: 
East face of Kachina
Region: 
Williams Lake Area
Date and time of observation: 
Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:00
Location Map: 
United States
36° 33' 52.506" N, 105° 26' 35.268" W
US


Red Flags: 
Obvious avalanche path

Observation made by: Forecaster
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

My partners and I toured up onto the East face of Kachina today to investigate what these strong West winds were doing.  We found the snow surface to resemble the surface of the moon,  with scouring being the norm (see pic). The winds were strong enough to scatter any available snow and we found no signs of cohesive wind slabs.  Our snowpits revealed a layer of near surface facets (see pic) under the surface melt/freeze and wind crusts.  The skiing was not great, but we felt good about stability as the snowpack seems to be well locked up.

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Strong
Precipitation: 
Snow
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
West
Accumulation rate: 
More detailed information about the weather: 

snow flurries w/out any accumulation and strong winds.