Even very subtle wind effect that might not even be noticeable when on skis is clearly picked up by our buried weak layers, human triggered avalanches are definitely in the cards at higher elevations and we steered clear of any avalanche terrain.
Very light snow all day, picking up towards the afternoon. A trace to an inch of snow overnight.
At higher elevations the snowpack was very variable. In previously wind scoured ridgetop location it was just the storm slab on top of 20-30cm DH, or 10cm DH + MFcr. These are obviously quite touchy and more often than not gave collapses and some shorter shooting cracks, but it seems mostly isolated to a narrow band along ridgetop. Where it gets a little fatter and was less scoured before 1/10 we got cracks shooting a few meters, failing of 12/31
9700' SSW lightly wind affected HS 125cm HST 30cm
11/26@ 25cm DH to GND
12/7 @ 48cm FC no crust
12/31 @ 62cm FC
64-90cm 4F RG under new storm snow. Under 12/31 various degrees of faceting, around 4F. ECT just bangs through the snowpack, with ectn on the weak layers. PST in the 20s on all the PWLs, they seem not very happy right here.
I would not ski any avalanche terrain that the wind has touched, however gently it might be. New loading cycle beginning this afternoon is not going to help matters either.
Layer Depth/Date: 11/26, 12/7, 12/31, 30-105cm
Comments: Unreactive on s1/4 mid elevation terrain where slab is faceted, reactive to touchy everywhere the wind got to it
We avoided avalanche terrain