The potential for triggering a persistent slab remains. Weak layers in the middle of the snowpack produced propagating results in snowpack tests. Snow surfaces (within the upper 10-20 cm) are highly variable but all slopes (up to 9,500') have 1-2 crusts with associated small facets.
Variable cloudiness and locally gusty N/NE wind dictated by whether you were stuck in a squall band or not. Periods of snow amounting to ~1 in. Some sunny breaks, but I was mostly in the clouds.
No new avalanches. Westernhome slides were reported yesterday.
About 10 cm of new snow sat atop a rain crust to about 9,000'. Below the rain crust was another substantial melt-freeze crust, primarily on steeper souths and lower elevations. There was a lot of aspect, elevation, and slope angle dependency to these layers that will make things pretty hard to pin down moving forward. The double crust with facets between combo was particularly nasty looking.
The (1/27) and (12/11) layers didn't produce results, even with non-standard loading.
135* SE, 9,050', HS = 130 cm:
130-121 F, DF
121-120 K, Rain Crust
120-116 F, FC/DF
116-114 P, Sun Crust
95-94 F, FC (2/19?) ---ECTPs
85-84 F, FC (2/11) ---ECTPs
84-74 P, Thin wind slab ---(1/27) @ 74 cm
74-45 4F, FC
45-30 4F-, DH ---(12/11)
Layer Depth/Date: 35 cm and 45 cm
Comments: Shaded where directly observed. Facet layers producing ECTPs (2/11) and (2/19?)
Layer Depth/Date: 100 cm
Weak Layer(s): Dec 11, 2020 (FCsf)
Comments: Obvious weaker snow near the ground with probing and in pit location.
I observed fresh thin drifts up to 20 cm thick but did not encounter a wind slab problem in the terrain I traveled.
I avoided avalanche terrain.