Variable sky cover, less cloudy than forecast. Periods of sun and clouds in the Boulders, with generally more sun than clouds. Peaks spent more time in the clouds. Moderate winds blowing out of the NW
I spent a while glassing and I did not see any obvious new slab avalanches
My primary objective was to spend a bit of time looking at 1/5 in the Boulders, particularly looking for presence/absence of surface hoar. I dug 3 pits (WNW @ 7100', WNW @ 7900', and S @ 8000'). I was only looking at the upper few feet of the snowpack. In my first two pits I did not find obvious weak layers in the upper snowpack. In my third pit (HS=100cm) I found several weak layers associated with crusts in the snowpack. These produced propagating ECT results on several interfaces. 1/5 was down 30cm, presented as a 1-1.5cm thick MFcr+FC combo and produced ECTP4, 5, and 8. Another, thicker crust with facets on either side down 55-60cm produced ECTP13, 16, and ECTN 15. I'm wary of thin snowpacks with crusts that are capped by slabs.