Beyond early season hidden rock and ice patch travel risk, lots of wind pillows and minor cornice development. Intentionally ski cut a minor feature entering zigzag glacier. Cohesive chunks released, but didnt propagate into a slab. Noticed prior tracks on a loaded rollover on zigzag that hadn’t triggered so early season stability?…At least in that specific spot before the current (even windier) system this week.
Observed Avalanche Problem #1:
Heavy snow and NWesterly winds last weekend produced loaded localized features (like windward gully walls/lips) and dense, slabby/chunky snow. Additional snow and heavy winds (at times extreme) this week will further load certain features (while scouring others).