Observation Date: 02/15/2021
Plowing stopped 2.5 miles from Twin Lakes, so skinned from there to the trailhead, up the old logging road from the campground, then followed the broad ridge up to 7000′ to about the point where one would start the traverse below Riddell basin. Followed skin track back down.
Steady snowfall throughout the day. Found about 4″ of new snow in our skin track on the way back down.
New Snow: 6-12″
6-8″ of new snow on a wind crust with steady snowfall throughout the day. Deeper in spots on the way down reaching new deep in places.
Was surprised to find only 130cm of snow at our turnaround in thick whitebark pine at 7k’. Maybe a wind scoured spot? Evidence of wind ridges running across slope buried under new snow.
Great skiing in areas where coverage was adequate. Scary hidden logs and arduous blowdown navigation the rest. The area could use more snow to make skiing more enjoyable.
Low visibility, but no sign of avalanches and experienced no red flags.
Observer: Miles K