Even though many slopes off Durrance held no snow prior to the onset of two larger long-running storms starting three weeks ago, brief lapses in snowfall allowed for weak layers to form. As the new snow settles and forms a denser slab, these weak layers may start becoming more reactive. I found surface hoar on multiple aspects and elevations up to 7900' that propagated in both pits.
Fluctuated between lulls in snowfall and s-1
Two pits, one on a S aspect on the standard approach ridge, one on the furthest west treed ridge on a SE aspect. The ECTN scores around 60cm appear to be a buried NSF layer.
S, 6840': HS 90cm, ECTN10 @ 73cm, ECTN13 @ 60cm, ECTP24 @ 38cm.
SE, 7000': HS 95cm, ECTN6 @ 80cm, ECTP20 @ 30cm
Layer Depth/Date: 35-40cm
Comments: Surface hoar buried in lull between last 2 storms, noted on multiple aspects in multiple zones in this area
I was skiing solo and did not have high enough confidence in where the surface hoar was and was not to enter terrain above 30 degrees. It appears to be widespread as I found it in Eagle Creek, and may become more reactive as the new snow settles and form a more cohesive slab.