Observation Date: 01/13/2019
Lost Trail Pass backcountry, SW of Saddle Mountain. 7000-8000 ft
A major temperature inversion throughout the day led to sunny, warm conditions at higher elevations. 40+ degrees at 8000 ft in the afternoon.
New Snow: No New Snow
Some small wet slides found on S and SW aspects from a day or two prior.
Toured on low angle terrain just outside of Lost Trail Pass ski area and found the snowpack to be shallow and variable. Much of the snowpack has turned into depth hoar and has little structure. In certain areas you could step out of skis, punch through thin upper layers, and sink 1m+ to the ground.
We experienced wumphing and collapsing on solar aspects in the afternoon.
Observer: Dan Stone