Wind slabs seem quite stubborn, but buried surface hoar can still be active where loaded by new wind snow. I observed plenty of debris, and a few small crowns that had not yet been buried by drifting snow.
Hardly a whisper of wind on the ridge up to Galena Summit, clear skies and cool temps.
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Just E of Galena Peak
|D2||SS||O-Old Snow||est 50cm||N-Natural||Just seen glassing, not at close range. Potentially just a wind drift, or 12/7. There were plenty of debris in the bowl SE of Galena Peak, but this was the only crown I could spot. I would assume it failed during the last 48h wind loading.|
At mid to high elevations in the Boulders NE faces look pretty wind hammered. SW look like they may have received a little bit of wind transport but I did not venture much below ridge line due to avalanche terrain exposure. There was no cracking in the wind slab, and it seemed to generally be quite soft. HS below ridge line on SW was around 40-50cm where I looked, so there can't have been very much deposition from wind.
At mid to low elevations solars were getting heavy, but not wet.
I avoided open terrain steeper than 30 deg.Close