It was possible to trigger an avalanche on the faceted layer that sits on top of the March 1st rain crust today. Convexities that roll to over 35º are the most likely place to trigger a slide.
Warm temperatures today, hovering around 32º at 7600' this afternoon, above freezing below 6500'. Scattered snow showers today with negligible accumulations. Winds were light with moderate gusts, minimal snow transport observed.
Similar snowpack we've been observing all week. Facets sit on the March 1st crust, which is buried up to 45cm deep in this location, to about 7200' in elevation.
The facets are propagating consistently in the propagation saw test, but not consistently in the ECT. The new snow lacks the strength to transmit the propagation across the block in the ECT, it breaks during taps, limiting the length of propagation. The PST shows that propagation is likely.
ECTN11 down 45
ECTP22 down 45
We were able to kick off small slabs that slid on the crust/facet layer on very steep convexities and unsupported slopes. They did not propagate much past the end of our skies and were confined to the steepest sections of rollovers.
We experienced no whumphing or cracking today.
We skied terrain over 35º that was planar and supportive. We were careful to avoid convexities.Close