My partner and I avoided going under avalanche slopes due to uncertainty over snowpack. This boded well since the snow conditions near tree line and above tree line were slightly risky.
Plenty of boulders were partially covered below 4.5k’. Above 4.5k’ it was a bit of a coin toss depending on how exposed the boulders were in terms of wind scouring.
Snow was low coverage (<3” deep when booting) and unconsolidated powder down low, but up high along the ridge line we found powder stashes at least 1.5’ deep.
Pictures provided illustrate the conditions at near treeline.
Observed Avalanche Problem #1:
Lots of localized storm slab activity on slopes greater than 35 degrees when triggered by snowshoes and when the snowpack wasn’t well bonded to the ground (boulders, vegetation). The slab was approximately 2” thick in areas and was on top of a smaller older slab with a weak interface.
Observed Avalanche Problem #2:
Minor sluffing was present in undisturbed slopes. When disturbed with snowshoes, much of the snow resembled dry loose behavior with the crystals.
Observed Avalanche Problem #3:
Variable wind scouring resulted in some small cornices starting to form along the ridge. The most recent storm seems to have deposited snow on north and east aspects in wind sheltered areas.