Snow pit from warm lake area

Location Name: 
Paradise summer homes area above warm lake
Big Creek Summit
Date and time of observation: 
Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:51
Location Map: 
United States
44° 40' 40.26" N, 115° 37' 39.9216" W

Red Flags: 
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsing

Observation made by: Public
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

We dug a pit at 7500' on an almost due west aspect. Total snow depth 125 cms. We did NOT find the thanksgiving rain crust to be well developed here, very thin with weak snow above and below the layer. Compression tests showed the weak snow from the extended high pressure in early December to be the layer of concern, but requiring moderate to high force to get to fail (ct 24 pc 45 cm down). Ect tests showed this layer lacking energy to propagate. Surface of the snow was lacking the mist crust found in the mccall area, and where no tree drips, it was recycled powder aka dry snow. At 6200-6600' on a mellow slope and due north aspects close to the ridge when ascending we experienced many collapses of the snow. At 5500' on the ascent there was 3-6 inches of snow with bare ground showing. Variable to say the least.