We were more concerned with shallow snow hazards than avalanche concerns. The only signs of instability we encountered were very isolated persistent slabs in previously wind-affected terrain.
Basically, there is a bunch of really weak, shallow snow out here. I'd expect avalanches with any decent load of new snow. The main layers to watch will be the 12/7 surface hoar on the aspects noted below, as well as a likely touchy interface at the current snow surface. SW-S-SE aspects are mainly dirt or the snow is shallow enough that we're not likely to see a well-connected weak layer.
Clear skies with light and intermittent wind. Inverted temperatures. Below freezing at the car and guessing near 20F by 7500'.
Generally, trashed facets and surface hoar. Surface hoar in shaded and sheltered NW-N-NE from 6-7500'. Not found above.
12/11 Facets and Surface Hoar:
Also more prominent in shaded NW-N-NE. Fist slab above and below. This layer doesn't seem to be a likely player with future storms.
12/7 Surface Hoar and Facets (pictured):
This is the layer to watch in this zone. It presented as surface hoar up to 1.5 cm but also as a stripe of near-surface facets on W-aspects.
We did find pre-TG snow here. The old depth hoar was welded into a MFcr at the ground. Not a concern.
Layer Depth/Date: 12/7
This is currently only a concern in very isolated, previously wind-loaded locations. I added it here as the primary layer to watch with any additional loading.
We made run selections based more on coverage than avalanche concerns.Close