Broken skies, light snow (S-1), moderate winds gusting strong at ridge top. Warm temps in AM & PM, with surface snow becoming moist regardless of elevation. Winds increased to moderate-strong below ridge top & to moderate BTL in late PM. Moderate blowing snow at ridge top, loading SE slopes.
Shooting cracks observed while breaking trail in wind loaded pockets near ridgecrest (6300') near BBBB Bowl above Bullion Basin. No new avalanches observed.
Snowpack Summary: 5-10cms of new F hard storm snow (HST) sits above the Valentines Day crust. Above Bullion Basin, winds have distributed this snow in small, thicker pockets of wind slab (4F+) down to 17cms. Hand shear results in these isolated pockets are sudden and reactive. The Valentine’s Crust is generally well supportable by skis, but can become punchy with full boot penetration. Wind scouring NW-SW aspects, and loading predominately SE-E aspects. BTL travel is still quite rugged with exposed stumps, trees & rocks.
Layer Depth/Date: 10-20cms
Comments: Problem is developing. At the deepest found this problem to exist down 17cms.