Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 12/10/2018
Name: Eric Murrow
Subject: Daisy Creek area
Aspect: South East, South, South West, North West
Elevation: 9,600′ – 11,700′
Lots of small wet activity in the area on sunny BTL slopes for previous days. No new slabs visible.
Weather: Beautiful day – cold in valley bottoms but significantly warmer on the ascent. Lots of sunshine and calm winds with an occasional light breeze.
Snowpack: Snow surfaces on SE,S, and SW became moist by 10am BTL and slightly moist on S around 1230 at treeline.
Poked two quick holes – first was below treeline at @ 10,850′ HS 123 (slightly drifted site, generally around 100cm) 11/22 interface was crust with Thanksgiving slab resting on top. Most notably was two melt-freeze crusts, one at the surface and another thin crust in top 20cms. ECTN at this location. The surface was a moist crust. Not much concern at the moment with this structure.
The second hole was on a south-facing slope at 11,700′, HS on this slope was a little more than a meter in general. Probing on ascent revealed weak faceted grains below Thanksgiving slab. Hasty pit structure looked poor for a south facing slope with 80cm slab resting on 2mm facets from early November snow. Probed on the descent and confirmed structure for the length of the 500′ vertical slope.