The presence of October snow at the base of the snowpack continues to influence my terrain selection in this zone. In areas without this snow, very small and isolated wind slabs were the only avalanche-related problem I encountered.
The day started out cold (inverted) and partly to mostly cloudy above the Pioneer and Boulder Mountains. Bands of moisture in the form of clouds slid over the mountains from the N/NE, producing some nice lenticular cloud caps. Cloud covered decreased through the morning hours, eventually clearing by around noon. Winds were on again off again, with mostly calm conditions punctuated by the occasional moderate gust.
No recent avalanches observed.
No formal observations. Surfaces are a mixed bag, with a significant amount of faceting occurring just about everywhere.
Dec 11, 2021 (FC)
Comments: Not directly observed. Rose shaded based on where this snow is known to exist.
I encountered some small, thin, stiff wind slabs along upper elevation ridgelines. Some of these were reactive to my weight, but they were isolated enough that they weren't really a problem for me.
The presence of 12/11 ("October snow") at the base of the snowpack continues to influence my terrain selection in this zone. I passed up on a lot of what appeared to be excellent skiing with this in mind. Don't worry, I found plenty of excellent skiing.