The good new is that the snow instabilities are obvious and in your face...The bad news is that we have obvious instabilities. The most unstable snow I have seen in my 5 years in Idaho. I was traveling in High hazard mode, avoiding any slope of 30 degrees or more. Avalanches would have been likely if the slopes I were traveling on were a bit steeper. This is consistent with an Observation from yesterday in this area.
A quick flash of mist about 1pm created a damp snow surface on north aspects.
Numerous small (D 0.5 to 1) avalanches on road cuts and slopes visible from the road. I am not sure if some of these were sympathetic to plowing. Some were far enough from the road as to not be related to plowing. Some over 100' wide and up to 10" deep.
Overall a very unstable snow pack in this area. Mostly due to surface hoar below the Sunday/Monday snow events that have a combine HST of 8" or so.
Layer Depth/Date: 8-10"
Very sensitive day, cracking literally every step of the way while breaking and most turns while skiing. This should settle out a bit, but may become a PWL. Something to watch for a while. South aspects not as touchy but still a bit of cracking.
Scary but fascinating in a snow nerd way! Would have been a perfect day to teach an avalanche class.
Low angle below 30 degrees. I think 30 degrees itself would have been creepy.Close