I slacked from the top of Quicksilver to Dogleg this afternoon. My intent was to assess local conditions ahead of the upcoming storm. There was significant rime growth on the northern aspects of unsheltered trees... a good reminder of the channeling winds that affect this basin ... and the dramatic drop in temperature in the last 24 hours.
Made my way to Super Bowl (NE, 5800-6200ft) where I was surprised to find the top 6-8 inches of snow upside-down! The 1-2" that fell yesterday night was super punchy with drier, unconsolidated snow below. Unexpected given the recorded temps and the visible remnants of tree bombs lining the slope.