Collapsing and cracking was widespread but only between 6000 and 6500' . Some really big ones, at 1st I thought air and bush pockets but the size and scope and a hand pit made me decide it was the weak faceted snow in this area,
Rime crust in this area was a lot weaker than West Mountain yesterday, a true light zipper crust.
Foto - Lot's of rime at 8,000'.
Travel in this area is an adventure below 6,500', your new Xmas skis are not recommended.
Observed Avalanche Problem #1:
Facets in this area are at the ground. This is different than other places I've been in the West Central Mountains, a lot different. Snow pit in foto below shows the basal facets hollowed out. 4-finger plus and very slightly damp. Facet foto is the best I could do with IPhone, 1-2mm and very slightly rounding in places. ECTN 22 at the top of the facets, slab broke and did not propagate.. It seems that in this area there was a lot less snow in the November cycle. 7,600' west aspect
While I agree with the hazard rating today, I am still traveling with extra caution, I don't like facets. If this layer fails, it would fail near the ground, high consequence. we generally kept slope angles less than 30 degrees.