Sunny cold morning. Windy on ridge lines. Cold dry snow on north aspects and warming/ settling snow on S. Widespread collapsing as we traveled. Shooting cracks on some ridge lines as we made our skin track. North aspects had 40-60cm of dry storm Snow. South aspects seemed to have settled quite a bit already but were still reactive to us and collapsing while traveling.
CT 8 @33cm, ECTP18 @40cm
N, 9060’, HS 85.
Persistent layer failed on many tests in different aspects and elevations. Wind crust was found in some north aspects that was also reactive and failed on some tests. The snowpack layers do not appear to be bonding well, both from the storm slab and the old snow below.
We created a plan before going out, based on SAC info, avy forecast and observations and what we found while out reinforced our decision to be conservative and stick to our plan and travel routes. We made sure to travel where we would not be effecting steep slopes above us or around us.