Conditions are clearly spooky out there as a result of the weak early season snowpack overlaid by cohesive slabs from the last few snowstorms. Additionally, winds were blowing out of the West and swirling around our zone, adding loads to almost every aspect and most prominently to East facing terrain. The current conditions are deep but highly concerning for triggering avalanches.
Winds were blowing moderately out of the West today and gusting in the 30s, transporting lots of snow in our area. Temperatures were in the single digits and skies shifted from broken to cloudy throughout the day.
We dug a pit on a N/NE aspect just shy of 12,000 ft and got an ECTP12 result on layer of near surface facets from late December/early January. The shear quality was very clean/planar, and the slab on top was about 75cm thick at that elevation. We didn't test for results on any of the layers closer to the ground, but they mostly consist of sugary facets and are also concerning.
We chose not to ski or skin any slopes greater than 30 degrees due to our stability concerns. Unfortunately, the snow is really deep and thus it's hard to move around. We ended up doing some low-speed wiggles through the trees to keep the vibes high!Close