The buried surface hoar is present and reactive to tests in this area too at mid to high elevations, no big surprises there. There is also the same depth hoar/crust/facet sandwich we have seen elsewhere, also giving results. This snowpack structure is not going to respond very well to a heavy load, such as the one we have incoming right now.
No snow drift and ridge line was pretty hammered, but that is all going to change tonight.
A full batch of stability tests in a N facing mid elevation meadow at 8800' gave propagating results on both 12/7 SH and 11/26 DH/MFcr/FC
HS around 1m, 11/26@ 30cm, 12/7 @ 40cm. DH from 11/26 to gnd. On top of 12/7 there is a substantial 4f-1f slab.
Mid elevation snowpack in this area is a bit thicker than in other places, but the structure is very similar to other shady slopes in the zones further south and east.
Layer Depth/Date: 12/7 SH, 11/26 DH/MFcr/FC
Snowpack structure is very similar to other zones, and so is the problem. Incoming snow and wind is going to increase the sensitivity of this problem.
We avoided release zones and had minimal exposure to runout areas.