Light wind from the West, not moving much snow. Snow was pretty dense and heavy, from previous wind and warmer temperatures. Certainly a wind slab, with storm slab underneath.
We observed nearly 12" of new snow from the past 48 hours. The new snow is sitting on an old crust, with the rest of the snowpack being facets and various crusts. The new load was adding a slab, creating reactivity in two of the old crust/sugar snow interfaces. Both our pits were on NE-N aspects at 5,400'. We had failure in both the extended column test and propagation saw test down 50cm or nearly 2'.
Stuck to pretty low angle terrain, especially with overall low coverage. There's still objects poking out of the snow. We weren't about to jump onto steep North facing slopes with the results we had in our snowpack tests.Close