Buried weak layers from New Years still show signs of straining under wind/storm slab from mid elevations and up, especially where the wind has been loading.
An inch of snow overnight, lots of wind transport at higher elevations on Smoky crest and in the Boulders, from NW.
At lower elevations the storm slab is in some areas resting on thin crust, that gave collapses and cracks. HS around 70cm and bottom of snowpack under crust completely faceted out.
As I got higher the crust disappeared, and the storm slab rested straight on top of 40cm FC in sheltered areas. Where the wind had got to the snow there were isolated pockets of DF under stiffer windskin/windslabs that produced collapses and cracks.
9000' S relatively sheltered HS 100cm
20cm DH at gnd
12/31 @ 50cm FC 2mm under varius generations of windslabs mostly 4f and topped off with 25cm right side up storm snow, 4f->F
ECTP13q1 PST30/100 end on 12/31
No signs of 12/7, might have faceted out where the snowpack is this thin.
Layer Depth/Date: 12/31, 40-100cm
Depth based on both today and previous days. 12/31 seems to be the most pronounced persistent problem in this region right now, but deeper layers are still there in some areas too.
I avoided avalanche terrainClose