Avalanche Conditions

Snow conditions

Surprise pass

Avalanche Conditions

10-15 cm snow from the last storm was mainly low density for the entire trip. Supportive crusts on solar aspects with no storm slab seen on the approach. Likely some deeper deposits at higher elevations . We skied the normal north facing line to about halfway with the intent of bootpacking up the adjacent slope skiers left of that line. After skinning up a few meters into that line we experienced a large whumpf on the steeper slope. After digging down 30cm we found a facet layer formed from the last weeks cool overnight temperatures. We got a lower end moderate sudden planar result with an extended column test? There was a stiffer storm slab layer on top of this with loose powder above that. It did not “feel” spooky under foot. Just a good reminder to dig down quickly and see what the new snow is laying on. It certainly turned us around in the steeper terrain.

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