Observation Date: 12/13/2019
Travels were up Paradise at Snowbowl, up to Point Six, over to the top of Too Steep to Tele, then back the way we came up.
Snow showers on an off with winds out of the West. There were moderate ridge top winds and calm in protected areas.
Winds were transporting snow, building cornices, and forming wind slabs in upper elevation terrain.
New Snow: 6-12″
One collapse on the ridge by Point Six. Cornices failures off of Point Six ridge into Jenny Bowl. There was also some cracking noted in wind loaded areas. We did not see any signs of avalanches but there was also bad visibility.
We dug a pit at the top of Too Steep to Tele on a NW facing aspect at 7800 feet. ECTP27 sudden planar failing 30cm from the ground in faceted snow. Areas above 6500 feet have a snowpack, meaning there is old snow with new snow on top. Anywhere with a snowpack has a poor structure and a potential for avalanches.
Observer: Todd Glew