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Hardness changes throughout the snowpack caused failures that lacked energy, none of which caused for much concern. The failures we did have in compression tests that got our attention failed on rounding basal facets. These tests had results from easy to moderate (CT 9 and CT 14) in the thinner snowpack. This was due to the intentional finding of a large rock to represent a thin snowpack. Where the snowpack was robust and lacking any facet factory rocks, compression tests were hard (CT 20+).
Snow on West Mountain seemed to be blowing in from the west, literally. Not one flake all day seemed to fall straight from the sky.