Today we traveled below treeline, looking for information about the current upper snowpack ahead of the upcoming storm.
We experienced light snow showers with sun breaks in between. During these sun breaks, the snow surface became moist, and snow fell off trees. We observed limited wind transportation, but the wind was gusty throughout the day.
At 3,000 we found 4" of moist surface snow over a ski supportable crust. We observed natural roller balls and small wet loose avalanches, and were able to easily trigger very small wet loose avalanches on test slopes.
At 4,000 ft on a N aspect we found 150 cms. of right-side up snow above the 2/11 crust. There were very small faceted grains above the 2/11 crust, although they appeared to be healing and unreactive.