Very cold. S-1. No blowing snow, tho plenty is available
Typical Gemini saddle cornice/wind slab location may have slid on Sunday, D1. ENE, 5,000ft
30-40cm of low-density HST from 27-28th
Height of snow varied considerably w elevation/location:
4700ft, N- 70-80cm
4800ft E- 115cm
Drifts over 180cm
Probing at numerous "non-polar" locations yielded progressive hardness w 2 crusts in the lower 1/2 of the snowpack and firm mid-Nov melt forms near the ground.
Found the Mid-Nov (11/22) facets on a small, steep, shaded, wind-loaded feature adjacent to the upper Gemini run. They were dry, intact, w minimal rounding. See photo/video.
NE, 5050ft, HS 183cm
42-37cm: 1F, MF(FCxr), friable crust from rain on facets on Nov 22
37-0cm: 4F-, FC, 1-1.5mm, formed during mid-Nov high pressure
Attempted a DT test, though slope didn't produce reliable results.
Small Loose Dry were easy to trigger on 40 deg slopes, though not fast-running. Wind slab problem seemed very localized. Didn't get to assess this as well.