An intense storm was buillding wind slabs in and upper elevation terrain.
Afternoon tour to check on the storm, 1600-1800. Snowing S1-S3 throughout duration of tour. Strong to extreme average speeds, wind blowing out of the WSW-SW-SSW
No avalanches observed, but visibility was terrible and I couldn't really see anything.
Primary objective was to check in on the storm in progress. She was raging. Intense snowfall rates and strong to extreme winds were observed throughout the duration of my tour at all elevations. I encountered drifts up to 60m thick where the wind was depositing snow. In many places the wind was scouring the new snow down to the icy surface that formed during our heatwave (4/4 interface). I was able to kick a few pockets of wind slab off on small rolls, these failed on the 4/4 surface. The terrain I was in wasn't conducive to hosting larger slabs but I'd be pretty leery of encountering slabs like this in steep terrain with larger slabs.
Layer Depth/Date: 30-60cm thick
I avoided steep, recently wind loaded terrain.