Date of Observation: 01/01/2016
Name: Steve Banks
Aspect: South East, South West
Weather: Moderate snowfall all day S-2, very light SE winds aven at tree line and ridgetop. Suprising. Temps dropped as we climbed from -6°C at 10,000 to -8°C at 11,800.
Snowpack: 35-45cms of new snow over crusts and NSFs. Right side up snowfall with an instability noted in the top 3 cm which wanted to run off on steeper stuff. Crust was very stout in some areas, breaker in others.
1 small collapse noted on the way up near a large solo tree. Likely the intermittent crust in the area breaking. Jumping on small cornices at the 11,500 ridge produced only minor slufing on the steep E facing slope. There may have been a natural on the slope, but poor vis limited ob. No other signs of instability on slopes up to 32°