A poor visibility day. Generally obscured with on and off s-1, light SE winds and minimal transport. It is worth noting that snowfall intensities seemed greater further east along the Hwy 20 corridor and in the valley.
No new avalanches observed
The Early December Crust was down 70 - 130cm in terrain observed today. Cooling and ongoing settlement have improved both ski quality and travel conditions. Ski pen was a squishy 30cm over a ski-supportable transition from F to 4F- snow.
A test pit on a SE aspect at 6500' showed an HS of 200cm. The Early Dec. Crust was down 115cm in this location. Compression and Deep Tap Tests both yielded Hard Breaks, above or at the crust interface. One could generate some Moderate Resistant Planar shears within the most recent storm snow, which were not cause for concern due to very low density.
Ski testing on steep, unsupported features between 6000'-7000' yielded only minor sluffing.
Tree wells are vacuous and gaining depth. Creek holes are abundant and worthy of avoidance.
Layer Depth/Date: 10-20cm
Comments: No windslab observed today, but suspect that it exists in the local alpine terrain.
The ongoing settlement, cooling, and recent low-density storm snow have created a favorable density profile above the Early December Crust. While minimal faceting was observed at this interface in our field location, more information and tests are needed.
Another party in the same area experienced a large collapse on a south facing slope between 5500-6000'.
We experienced no wind slab problems today, but suspect that slabs from previous SW winds may exist in the local alpine terrain, now veiled by more recent low-density storm snow.