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Middle Sister

Observation Date/Time:
Thu, Dec 3, 2020 - 7:01 PM
Reporter(s):
Erik McLaury
Location:
Three Sisters north zone
The Day Was:
Cloudy  
The Ride Was:
OK  
The Snow Was:
Wind effected  
We Rode:
Mellow slopes   Alpine slopes  

Written Report:
We toured out of Pole Creek to check out conditions and climb the middle sister. You can drive to pole creek TH with a 4x4. Could just barely skin and ski from trailhead.

We didn't observe any avalanche activity in the area. No red flags. Snow surfaces above 7000ft were very windaffected. 1 finger windboard with pockets of chalky powder covered most aspects. These wind slabs seemed well bonded and were unreactive to ski cutting. We found weak snow up high above 9000' on a north aspect. Cold nights and a shallow snowpack have created poorly developed facets surrounding last weeks crust, which may become reactive once loaded during the next storm cycle. Only found in very isolated areas.

South facing aspects were firm and beginning to corn up in the afternoon. Everything below treeline was shmoo-ey cream cheese, no crust yet.

Coverage is still pretty thin up there, with ridges stripped and deeper gullies.

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