Ski cut across the top of 5 Minute Trees yielded a 10-12" release approx 150ft wide that ran to the nearest terrain bench (~100ft). The area had many visual clues of wind loading and this confirmed our suspicions.
Signs of Unstable Snow
Many folks of all experience levels out enjoying the Austin's/Artist Point backcountry today. Coverage was great for this time of year and the snow continued to fall throughout the day. Due to time constraints we skied a couple great laps of 5 Minute and 10 Minute trees. These gullies had evidence of wind loading, but there were no signs of avalanches elsewhere in the valley. On our second run, a ski cut across the left side of 5Min released a sizeable wind slab, confirming my suspicions.
Observed Avalanche Problem #1:
Ridgetop and sideloading evident of WSW winds created easy-to-trigger pockets of new storm snow