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Likely ran during Dec. 1 storm event, 4" snow on bed surface. Bed surface is crust. Might have stepped down below crust in places. There were no partially filled tracks nearby so I assume natural. Just to the skier’s right and below of the low angle ridge run, it would be easy to ski into a pocket like this. Crown is about 18”.
ECTP above crust Q1.5 popped well but lacked enough energy to call it Q1. Weakness was 2-3mm facets. Similar facets below crust.
I’ve been concerned about these facets and assumed that at some point I would see something like this. Overall this far after the storm it might be hard to trigger due to a lack of energy in the slab. However over the last 2 days there have been plenty of collapsing and whumphing.
Hard call on the hazard, likely in the moderate range, but I am traveling as per considerable hazard and avoiding steep terrain on the north ½ of the compass.
The facets will likely reactivate and require time to adjust after additional loading this week.
Of note are also surface facets and a weak upper snowpack due to this week’s cold weather, this is the next red flag…