Observation Date: 02/16/2019
Up Morrell mountain from the Cottonwood lakes road and Swamp creek on the West. Skied a pair of west facing tree runs, and one short run to the East.
New Snow: 3-6″
We found a reactive buried weak layer on Morrell mountain in the Swans today on all aspects and elevations above 6,000 feet. We dug a pit at 7,300 feet on both a N. and S. aspect, and had failures at ECTP11 on both aspects. We found a thin buried facet layer, which I believe was the culprit. We were also getting a lot of collapsing on this layer on all aspects above 6,000 feet. We ended up having to scale our plans way back and ski terrain not steep enough to slide.
Observer: Brian STORY