Relatively stable snowpack, although weak facets near the ground from October seem prevalent in this area on upper elevation, northerly slopes. Despite the lack of recent loading, this layer looks ugly enough that I wouldn't want to be on a steep, consequential slope where it exists. On slopes where the October snow doesn't exist, the snowpack is right side up and no slab/weak layer structure exists.
Strong temp inversion in place with temps ~30 F warmer up high than at the highway.
Two small loose snow (likely wet loose) avalanches observed above Washington Lake.
Snow depth past the 4th of July trailhead averaged 40-75cm. Even in the shallower areas, the snowpack was maintaining at least enough strength to be supportable on skis or sled.
@9450', NW, 19*, HS 75cm: top 20cm faceting. 11/17 dust layer obvious but no crust present. Most significant finding was a ~7cm layer of 3-5mm DH atop a weak MFcr at the ground (60cm down). In addition to looking ugly, it produced a ECTP22 and PST29/100end.
Nov 7, 2020 (DH)
We avoided steep, upper elevation, northerly facing terrain due to the existence of the weak October snow near the ground.