Lot's of wind affected snow in exposed areas (see photo). Wind slabs are also present in exposed areas generally shallow 6-8" deep with some cracking. The primary upper snowpack weakness is at the base of Sunday's snow which was mostly graupel in this area. My primary concern is the potential for wind slabs in exposed and loaded areas.
Almost felt like a slight east component to the wind, i don't like east winds, they load snow in areas we are not used to. Snow was blowing today, some reloading of my skin track each run in exposed areas.
A few quick hand/pole ECTs today (see photo). All propagated at base of Sunday's snow 6-8" deep. Ranged from ECTP 1-11, glove is sitting on failure plane. Please note they were conducted by hand and may not be exact scores. Pole columns also sheared easy on this layer which was the Sunday morning's snow surface and may be faceted. This area contains a lot of graupel from Sunday afternoon, and it is likely pooled in areas. In general there is 6-8" From Sunday and Monday's storms sitting on this weak layer which may contain some surface facets.
|I suspect one may be able to find cross loading on a wide range of aspects.|
Not a major threat due to the shallow nature in the ares I traveled today.
Skied mostly low angle terrain. Due to the wind slabs, i would be hesitant to travel in upper elevation steep, wind loaded areas right now and if I was in the alpine I may be traveling as per considerable protocols due to a potential (this is speculation...) for wind slabs and Moderate travel protocols everywhere else.Close