Several impressive wet loose had begun to refill the much diminished post-Christmas rain Bern Chutes.
Signs of Unstable Snow
A number of layers from the 27-30 December storms are poorly bonded above the Christmas crust, although stubborn under foot. Surface hoar was developing on crusted solar aspects as of sunset 1 Jan 2023. Boilerplate conditions were edging well on all aspects starting from 3600' downward after New Year's Day's east winds refroze the New Year's Eve thaw.
Observed Avalanche Problem #1:
Winds have been blowing a variety of directions NTL and ATL, scouring and depositing snow in leeward areas. Quick pits show the last two storms are poorly bonded above the Christmas crust. Layer buried 30 December has the weakest bond in hand pits from 5400' N, 5700' E on an apparent density change in the new-old snow interface.