Left the Lower Camp Creek parking site mid-morning for a planned loop up to Camp Creek Ridge and run down on Crystal Glades. The goals for today were to observe the snowpack and become familiar with the terrain. Avalanche danger was low heading out and most of the conditions we encountered were in alignment with that danger rating. We agreed to avoid higher elevation wind-exposed areas with rocky terrain due to the risk of potential dry loose avalanches, likely on the D1-D2 scale. The main thing to notice was any sluffing. On observation of higher elevation areas, there were cornices that could be potential triggers. As it warms up during the week it’s important to note that these areas will remain at potential risk due to warming snow and wetter conditions.
We conducted a PST, and a column test on a west-facing slope (8762 ft elevation, 18 degrees). The column broke at 24 hits, CTH @ 35 cm on FC 2-3mm. The results were uncertain as there is a strong snowpack on top of a weak snowpack from around 12/11, about 100cm down. However, it can be said with reason that the avalanche danger is low, in alignment with forecasts.
The temperatures were not as warm as expected, due to cloud cover, and a westerly wind that blew in during the late afternoon. This didn’t affect riding conditions or the immediate snowpack this afternoon. Best to check the conditions again in the morning due to warmth today, refreeze tonight and another sunny afternoon tomorrow.