It was snowing (S-1) on and off throughout the day, and our snowmobiles accumulated a few cm of snow while we were skiing.
Calm winds down in the valley with some gusts reaching into the moderate range at ridgetops. Previous wind loading had occurred, but no notable transport during the day.
It was notable that a freezing fog descended on us in the afternoon, and we had a candy coating of ice by the time we returned to the sleds.
We traveled on various aspects and dug to investigate PWL near the ground and around the 11/22 and 11/25 melt freeze crusts.
Southern aspects at 5400ft had approximately 90cm of snow. This mostly consisted of right side up storm snow from the past two weeks. There was a thin and fragile crust below today's 8cm of snow, which likely developed during a sunny period of time yesterday. Both the 11/22 and 11/25 crusts were present, but they are breaking down. Older facets, both near the ground and between the two crusts, were gaining strength, rounding, and produced no results in stability tests (CTNx2).
We also traveled to a NNE aspect just below the ridge at 6400ft. Here we found a snowpack depth of 155cm. Below the new snow, there was a 4F hard 10-15cm layer of wind packed snow. While we could feel this layer under our skis, it did not show any signs of instability. While deeper in this location, we found a similar snowpack structure and also had no results with stability tests (CTN, ECTX).