Went out looking for weak snow buried in the upper foot or two of the snowpack, and found it wherever I looked. However, it was not very weak and did not respond to my tests, especially below 9500'. Lots of stiff, wind affected snow at mid to upper elevation but wind slabs seem to have settled too. There are still concerns in the base of the snowpack but it looks better here than what I have seen in the Boulders, and my test results were inconclusive. At higher elevations above 9000' these layers are buried deep enough to be very unlikely to trigger, except for the usual rocky, alpine terrain with lots of thin spots.
Beautiful clear day with cool temps. Winds started out calm but ticked up down-drainage from the W in the afternoon.
Snow surface remained cool down to 7500' or so, but I was not on any solars below 8000' so can't speak for radiation in the afternoon at lower elevs.
Went out looking for buried FCsf and found them. Mostly sandwiched in thin layers between 1f-P hard wind slabs in the upper 40 cm of the snowpack. Could not get any results in 3 different pits on NNE-E-SSE aspects up to 9200ft, but generally clean handshears and ECTXs.
At 9500' in an E facing cirque I finally got an ECTP23 35cm down on a thin layer of small FCsf between two stiff P+ windslabs.
HS varied from 105cm at 8000' to 170cm at 9500'.
Base of snowpack looks stronger in this zone than what I have seen in the Boulders. Around 8000' there is a transition from moist 1F DH to dry 1F FCxr at around 45cm from gnd that was the main concern with PST's in the mid 30s but the nonplanar nature of the weak layer where I was and the thin weak layer made PST hard to perform reliably.
On the surface there is generally a thin suncrust on anything solar, with 5-10cm of faceting DF underneath that could be a problem in the next loading event. There is also plenty of wind hardened surfaces even at mid elevation. Surface faceting seems to go in pretty much everywhere but grain size is still small and due to crusty nature on surface in many places it is a very thin layer. In more sheltered areas with softer snow I the faceting goes deeper, as would be expected.
I saw little of immediate concern and I think the snowpack for the most part will hold up well to future loading, but where it has been sheltered and/or where there is a suncrust capping FCsf we might see specific to isolated activity with enough load and the right winds.
Solo travel in for me new terrain kept me in on inconsequential terrain, up to 35 deg on small, supported slopes.Close