Small, shallow soft slab failed naturally within recent wind drifted snow early morning on 11/23.
Signs of Unstable Snow
Did you see shooting cracks?
Did you experience collapsing or whumpfing?
Chain Lakes Loop/circumnav of Table Mountain. Traveled through elevations ranging 4200-5500ft and on all aspects. Light snowfall throughout the day with southerly winds becoming calm by mid-morning. Obscured skies with poor visibility above 5000ft. Very brief periods of filtered sunshine.
The height of snow ranged from 40-60in. New snow since 11/23 (4-6in) well bonded to variable old snow surfaces (MFcr, DF). Minor wet loose activity on steep solar aspects in the afternoon. The snowpack is uniform and strong with no significant layers of concern. Good ski quality on all aspects.
Observed Avalanche Problem #1:
Strong southerly winds redistributed 4-6in new snow since 11/22 into 4F hard windslab, primarily in northerly terrain above 4500ft. Quickly gaining strength and need > 40-degree unsupported slopes to trigger. Small but widespread cornice development over the past 48hrs ATL.