Windy and COLD! Moderate to strong SE winds were actively blowing snow along ridgelines, mid slope features, and even in the forest. The wind was really sculpting the snow surface. Blowing snow frequently looked like could along the peaks.
Dec 22, 2022 1:00 am
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Blowing snow, textured surfaces, sculpted snow, scoured old snow, and small cornices indicated active and recent wind transport. We found numerous smooth pillow-like drifts, firm hollow snow, and hard slabs. These wind slab observations were seen at all elevations, including well below treeline. Small test slopes frequently cracked and failed, producing small avalanches 4-10in deep.
Direct loading and mid-slope cross loading were often found on W-N aspects. However, due to the erratic nature of the winds, we did see wind slabs on nearly all aspects throughout our travels.
Due to the frigid wind chills we did not dig any snow profiles.