We traveled up to Gash Knob today to look for recent avalanches due to warm temperatures this week and check if the layer above the March 1st crust is still reactive.
• Rollerballs and small wet point releases on most terrain steeper than approximately 40 degrees from 7,000 to 8,000 feet had occurred earlier this week, most likely on Wednesday or Thursday.
• Looking into the North Fork Bear Creek drainage, we saw debris from multiple small wet point releases, and wet slab avalanches, up to D2, in the steep north and east-facing slide paths.
• The snow surfaces were supportable with 1 to 2 inches of surface melt at 1 pm for elevations above 7,000 feet.
• The snowpack is isothermic and mushy below 6,500 feet.
• Approximately 4 inches (10 cm) of sticky dry rounding snow sits above the March 1st crust is 11 inches (28 cm) deep at 7,800 feet on a north aspect. Snowpack tests (ECTN12 and PST80/100) show it has become less reactive.
• We found no snow is available for transport up to 8,300 feet.
• North aspects above 8,000 feet have an inch of sticky newer snow over a supportable melt-freeze crust.
• Large cornices linger over steep easterly ridgelines.
A high cloud layer and a light easterly breeze allowed for insubstantial surface melting at mid and upper elevations, and saturation was limited to lower elevations. We found no snow available for transport to 8,300 feet.