DATE OF OBSERVATION: 01/28/2015
NAME: Zach Guy
ASPECT: E, SE, S, SW, W
ELEVATION: 10,000-12,000 ft
WEATHER: Light graupel and gusty west winds tapered midmorning, with broken skies clearing to scattered. Minor snow transport in the morning.
SNOWPACK: Less than 1 cm of graupel fell this morning on widespread melt freeze crusts from the last 2 days of warm and sunny. These crusts exist on E, SE, S, SW, and W aspects at all elevations, of varying thickness. On a WSW slope at 11,500 feet, a couple handpits showed the new melt freeze crust about 2” thick and pencil hardness on average, supportive on skis, and up to 4” thick and supportive to boot pen where the slope tilted more SW. Everything in the hand pit was refrozen, no freewater.