We saw terrible snowpack structure (prominent faceted/surface hoar weak layers) buried 1.5-2 feet deep on shady slopes facing the northern half of the compass. On more southerly aspects, the structure is poor but not as ugly as on shady slopes. We avoided all avalanche terrain. Some skiers were "dabbling" in avalanche terrain without triggering slides yesterday and today.
Lots of snow is available for transport if/when it gets windy.
The upper few inches of the snowpack is interesting: 5cm of very delicate PP with some from the past 48 hrs that are probably faceting, then a thin razor crust on all aspects that is degrading/faceting, then a nice but thin layer of FC, then DF (big storm from last weekend). I'd expect the delicate surface PP and the FC surrounding the razor crust to be sensitive with the next storm or wind-loading event unless temperatures are much warmer than forecast over the next couple of days.
We did not dig formal pits today: just lots of pole pokes and hand pits.
Ski pen = 15cm
Boot pen = 20-30cm on direct solars (S-SW), 30cm to ground on shady slopes (variable boot pen)
Layer Depth/Date: 40-60cm
Weak Layer(s): Nov 27, 2022 (FC)
Comments: Shaded area = where we traveled and saw the most concerning structure. No stability tests performed.
We were in terrain almost exactly like where the natural slides released in Democrat and Croseus, but on lower slope angles. I was surprised to not cause snowpack collapses and/or cracks.
We planned to avoid avalanche terrain because I don't trust the persistent weak layers this close to last weekend's big storm and loading event.