Sat, Mar 14, 2020 - 6:33 PM
Ski or Snowboard
I'll pick up where Phil left off... Good Skiing Today. And it felt good to have a bit of wintry weather. Throughout my tour there was 10-15 cm. of new low density storm snow over last week's melt-freeze crust. I didn't see any signs of a slab avalanche problem in the terrain that I toured in (barely at treeline and below treeline). I did trigger loose dry avalanches on steep slopes and some seemed to run relatively fast, but they were confined to the storm snow and shallow.
Throughout the day it seemed to be snowing half the time (sometimes quite hard, up to S2), and the sun would poke through the clouds the rest of the time. On sunnier slopes the surface snow would warm to the point that I could make a snowball. Along the top of the ridge the wind was sometimes Calm, sometimes Light from the South. I didn't see any blowing snow. It was -3 C at noon at 6000 ft.
In a few isolated spots I did find poorly developed facets (1mm) above last weeks crust and beneath the new storm snow (12-15 cm. deep). The new snow is so weak that it really didn't make a difference in the avalanche conditions for today. I'll be keeping an eye on it as the new snow consolidates. It was really very isolated and I had trouble finding a pattern to where I was finding that weak layer.