Sat, Feb 20, 2021 - 3:04 PM
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions No Avalanche Activity
Snowmobile Ski or Snowboard
Touring around Todd Lake today I saw about 10cm (4in) of new light dry snow from last night stacked on top of back to back storm cycles from the previous week. All this snow resulted in a "boot penetration" of 70cm when I stepped out of my skis!
On an southeast aspect (141deg) at an elevation of 6725' I dug a pit on Todd Ridge. At that location the snowpack was right side up with one easy compression test result within the fist hardness snow in the upper part of the snowpack. This may translate into some slough management in steeper terrain. See the attached profile.
At 11am on Soda peak winds where light to calm from the west. Air temp was -5c, clouds broken with some periods of warm solar exposure. Throughout my tour there where periods of light rimed snow/grauple. While touring I did not see any sighs of recent avalanches, I did not see any cracks or hear whumphing while ski cutting.
Although winds where light I did see a little blowing snow on ridges, there is certainly a lot of snow available for transport. I didn't see any signs of new wind slabs on this tour, but Ill be sure to look for them on lee aspects in the near future.