Slabs, whumpfing and reasonable skiing - east granite

Location Name: 
East of main ridge on Granite, 7500
Region: 
Goose Lake Area
Date and time of observation: 
Thu, 01/02/2020 - 13:06


Red Flags: 
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsing

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

Not a detailed observation but we skinned from Goose lake to Granite Summit and did a second half lap from around 7400ft.  Lake to around 7100 was deep dense snow with good skiing.  We stayed on low angle terrain and saw some signs of previous natural action on steeper terrain but in our travels so no obvious signs of instability.  Around 7100 we saw more evidence of wind slabbing and the snow firmed up a bit.  Still decent skiing on low angle but saw signs of natural action anywhere it was steep enough.  7600ft to the top was basically just nothing but windslab ranging from 4 inches to about a foot deep.  Very hard in places.  We saw no cracking but heard plenty of whumpfing.  Again not bad skiing but I suspect terrain choice was essential as it felt like you could get way out on a slab and have it break above you if you choose the terrain wrong.  We did not dig a snow pit as we had already agreed it was a sub 30 degree angle day.

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Precipitation: 
None
Accumulation rate: 
None