Thin but supportive 2-3 feet. Poor snow structure and low tide conditions kept me out of avalanche terrain. Stayed on ridge tops and low angle shaded slopes. Concerning setup for when we get more snow.
Nice day above the inversion with sun breaks and cloud cover. Cold enough in shade for surface to be preserved and warm enough in the solar aspects for dampening on snow surface in afternoon.
Did not see any signs of old avalanches, hear any collapsing, notice any wind affect/cracking.
Dug 2 pits-1st one on NW aspect at 7700’. Total snow 75-80cms. Poor structure with old November snow facets/sugary at base. CT 13 at facets at base. Rain crust at 50 cms problematic moving forward.
2nd pit on SW aspect at 7470’. Total snow 55cms, wet basal facets could make a snowball with, CT 21 at 30 cms below the rain crust.
Mainly poor structure/low tide problem.
I stuck to ridge tops and low angle shady slopes. Early season for me is about gathering information and getting the body strong for when it’s “on” in the middle of January. “Contain the stoke” will be the mantra for a bit.Close