Wet slide(s) observed around 8,000 ft below rocky chutes
Signs of Unstable Snow
Did you see shooting cracks?
Did you experience collapsing or whumpfing?
We found wind slabs on a north facing, steep, exposed ridge line at around 9,000 ft as well as some shooting cracks along some areas of the ridge. While traveling we saw a few wet slides below us at around 8,000 that seem to have released from some rocky chutes in the past few days on S, SE aspects. We stuck to our plan and skinned to a flat area around 9400’ then climbed up to the summit. We booted back down and then skied the ridge line back down to safer NW facing slopes that had 3-5” of new snow on crust.
Observed Avalanche Problem #1:
9,000 ft , N aspect . Small, isolated wind slabs on ridge line. Easy to trigger but did not propagate or travel. About 12” deep .