Very warm and sunny day for the middle of January with temperatures above freezing and climbing into the mid 40's under clear and sunny skies.
Very warm spring day for the middle of January, with constant glopping up on the skins, as I transitioned from wet to dry snow. Solar aspects and lower elevations were taking heat and the upper 5 to 15cm of the snowpack was wet on these aspects. First time back in Long Canyon this year and there was evidence of old natural avalanches from the Jan 1st avalanche cycle on North and East aspects near and above treeline.
In snowpits I depth hoar facet layers near the ground are showing signs of rounding and strengthening and I was getting hard force or no results in extended column tests. Overall, snowpack depths seemed to be less in this drainage than the Williams Lake side.
Good turns could still be had on northerly wind-sheltered slopes, skiing near-surface facets in dry cold snow.Close