The slow drain/refreeze of the snowpack continues. Surface crusts were stronger and slightly thicker today. I skied good corn on souths at 1:00 PM. Moist snow below the 10-30 cm crust seems to be draining fairly well although it was still moist/wet in most places. I imagine another cool night and cooler high temperatures over the next couple of days will lock this problem up tight.
Warm in the sun, mild in the shade. Light NW wind. No snow moving.
I targeted middle elevations to see how the freeze and wet issues compared to what I saw yesterday in Baker Ck:
The freeze was much more substantial down low. Baker Ck parking was rock hard this morning compared to a thinner (~10 cm) surface crust that was not boot supportable yesterday.
Middle elevations were faring better today by midday as well. Crusts were 10-30 cm and boot supportable in most open-sky locations. Snow under the crusts was still wet/moist on most sunny slopes but didn't feel as wet as yesterday. I did find a boot pen to inseam on a 9,100' SW-facing slope with an open sky view. It was easy to push my pole through the crust basket-first. Despite that weaker crust, corn skiing was good around 1 PM on S and SW.
Comments: Rose shaded where observed. I don't think shadier slopes would have the necessary meltwater production rate to be an issue.
I would have avoided S-SW-W in the afternoon, mainly for ski-quality and trapdoor conditions.