SW winds were blowing in the 20's easily transporting new snow (Our tracks from earlier were filled back in near treeline). S -1 snowfall rate in the morning with mostly cloudy skies, and occasional short bits of clearing.
12 to 20 inches of heavy dense snow from the Christmas eve storm with only 10 cm of ski penetration.
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No Name Trees
|Approaching this slope, we got a loud audible collapse with shooting cracks upwards of 100'. Observed the natural crown above which most likely failed on the basal facets near the ground and probably ran sometime Friday evening
Visibility was difficult throughout the day, but did observe some crowns on the backside of Kachina Peak on a NE aspect above treeline. There was a natural avalanche in the Kandahar path above the Kandahar Condos below treeline. This avalanche ran on basal facets naturally sometime Friday evening.
Dense snow from the Christmas Eve storm made for easy travel with only a little bit of ski penetration. Stability tests produced easy results with full propagation failing on the basal facets near the ground.
|Natural and human triggered avalanches on northerly and east aspect at all elevations. Stiff slabs from the Christmas Eve storm 50 to 60 cm thick rest on top of 20 to 30 cm of basal facets.
Stuck to low angle terrain and inspected northerly aspects near treeline.Close