At the pass, we found valley fog and a brisk driving mist. We broke above the fog into sunshine by 4,000 ft. By the end of the day, the fog had totally dissipated.
At ridgelines, winds were strong and gusty from the NW. There is no dry snow at the surface available for transport.
Feb 6, 2022
Old wet loose avalanche observed on the SW shoulder of Red Mountain
We found highly variable surface conditions.
On sheltered due south aspects, we found 4-8 inches of wet surface snow. This snow produced wet loose avalanches easily.
On other aspects below and near the treeline, we found a variety of surface conditions ranging from the breakable crust to soft unconsolidated snow. Even within specific features, it was hard to find much consistency or pattern in surface conditions. On SW slopes near and above treeline, the surface snow is starting to get a good melt-freeze cycle going, but it may take a few days before it becomes corn.
Below the surface, I found moist transitioning to dry snow above the late January crust on all solar aspects we traveled on. The snow seemed well bonded to this crust.
Layer Depth/Date: 4-8 inches of moist surface snow
Comments: Wet loose avalanches were easy to trigger on small test slopes