Blizzard conditions with snowfall rates of 1-2in per hour. Poor visibility with blowing snow extending below treeline.
Several small artificially-triggered avalanches with loose dry and soft slab characteristics. Avalanches ran within the top 30cm or less of HST. No natural avalanches observed and all artificially triggered avalanches were smaller than D2.
80cm (32in) of right-side-up (F-4F-1F) storm snow was well bonded the the 4/8 crust (P). Snowpack tests resulted in sudden planar fractures on two inter-storm layers ↓10cm and ↓30cm. These were the same interfaces where recent avalanches failed. Surface slabs were very soft and cohesionless in wind-sheltered areas. Evidence of wind-loading did extend below treeline with fresh wind lips and small cornice formations. Observations above treeline were limited. Ski penetration was around 30cm while boot penetrations was 80cm. No concerning test results on the 4/8 crust.
Layer Depth/Date: 4/8