Observation Date: 02/21/2021
Skinned up east ridge to the summit of Mill Point and then skied northwest down low-angle burned tree glades to Tag Alder lake. Skinned back up to the east ridge and skied down the skin track.
Sunny in the morning with increasing clouds. Started snowing mid-morning and continued all day.
Calm in the morning then winds out of the SW for the remainder of the day blowing steady between 20-30mph with stronger gusts up to ~40 on the summit. We observed wind transport but did not find significant wind slabs forming. Snow surface remained powder from around 6000′ to summit, which was a bit of a surprise, especially at the top where I expected to find wind-scoured snow or stiff wind slab.
New Snow: 0-3″
No avalanche activity observed.
We heard one wumph on the skin up around 5700′ in shallow, cold snow on a north-east facing slope in the shade that hadn’t gone through the melt-freeze cycle like the rest of the low-elevation snowpack. No other red flags observed. We dug a pit near the summit at 8408′ on a NE facing 30* slope and found a deep snowpack of HS 300cm. Our test results had fractures on several different layers:
ECTN24 41cm resulted in partial propagation (see photo)
Observer: Simon Buzzard