Found overall stable conditions on a west aspect, with average 6 inches of new snow. Main concerns were freshly formed wind slabs and pockets of buried surface hoar. Fortunately did not encounter either in my travels. Isolated cracking in micro terrain features.
Early morning sun gave way to clouds midday with clearing again in the afternoon.
|1||Past 24 hours||
|D1||SS||O-Old Snow||12 inches||N-Natural||Looked like north winds had loaded a small sub ridge and broke yesterday afternoon.|
Did not see any other avalanches. Did not have much loose snow sluffs when skiing steep terrain.
Did not dig a pit. Hand sheers at 6800’ showed better bonding on a NW aspect (softer snow underneath the new 6 inches) than on a SW aspect (hard solar crust underneath the new 6 inches)
Decided to avoid due north (possibly buried surface hoar) and stick with a west aspect. Avoided any wind affected terrain and was mindful of any loose snow sluffs. After easing into the terrain, felt comfortable in a large avalanche path in steep terrain.Close