I have had an opportunity to dig a few pits on northerly slopes of 30+degrees. Have been checking out this aspect because it has had snow the longest (the rest of the aspects have just received snow). I was worried about depth hoar growing due to two and a half weeks without precipitation up until the Halloween storms.
60-80 cm in overall snow depth
Two different melt/freeze crusts: One 24 cm from the ground, one 30 cm from ground-No quality sheers on these crusts
From the ground to about 10 cm up-Quality 3 sheer-crystals have stopped growing and seem to be rounding and gaining strenghth.
The snowpack from 30 cm and up is all fresh snow-creating a few sluffs.
Wind has increased and started forming a few slabs in upper elevations
We have been receiving constistent storms. Just hope this cycle continues and we may have a bomber snowpack. More snow expected at the end of the week.
just got back from two days in the mountains. North shots thin snowpack (2feet). Starting to facet(1-2mm) underneath with slab on top. Possible remaining surface hoar in addition. Wind slab, powder but thinnnnn. All other aspects hold much less snow. The snowpack last year at this time was double the amount. yikes...big storm is predicted hitting hard Tuesday. Might be an interesting year.
Looks like the rain, melt, and freeze might have stabilized our base. Facets are rounding and there is a good solid layer. The only concern at this point is slabs on ice. Better than on facets. May have been the conditions that we needed. Storms the next two days...hmmm
Major storm in Wyoming. Many natural and skier triggered avalanches. Many feet of snow. Looks like face shots and careful planning this weekend. Glad we are getting rid of some of our nasty layers, but it means dancing with dragons. Avalanche warnings on the TV, radio, and weather forecasts. Hope everyone in Wyo is safe this weekend.
Was pretty spooky this weekend in the Absarokas. No pictures because I lost my camera, but there was nothing to shoot except for avalanche crowns and a couple of guys tiptoeing around. Near surface facets, depth hoar and slabs on top. Just glad we made it home safe and unscathed. We need more snow now to even things out. Glad that some of the nasty layers got flushed.