New snow and wind will bump wind slabs to the primary avalanche problem near the headwaters of Baker Creek tomorrow if snow + wind continue.
December facets are still down there, and still weak but buried under a hefty 100+ cm thick slab. I couldn't get results on the Jan 27 facets/surface hoar aside from blocks breaking when they were pulled into the pit.
It was simultaneously sunny and snowing for a good portion of the day. Snowfall was more intense near the lake, diminishing quickly away from the Smoky crest.
I set out to continue gathering data on (1/27). It was visible but didn't produce any results in snowpack tests aside from breaking when pried into the pit. (12/11) produced repeated CPSTs to end.
8,600', SE, HS = 130 cm:
130-114 F to 4F // Recent snow
114-113 1F, MFcr
80-78 P // Jan. 27 crust + facets
78-32 1F- to 1F
32-0 4F to F to 4F // Dec. 11 depth hoar
8,900', NE, HS = 160 cm:
160-145 F // New and recent snow
145-110 4F to 1F // Jan. 27 @ 110 cm
50-35 F // Dec. 11 depth hoar
35-0 4F+ // Dirt layer and welded, squished old facets.
|Deep Persistent Slab||
Layer Depth/Date: 100 cm +
Weak Layer(s): Dec 11, 2020 (FCsf)
Comments: Shaded where observed.
I avoided avalanche terrain.