Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 12/07/2017
Name: Ian Havlick
Subject: Slate River/Cinnamon Mountain
Aspect: East, South, South West, West
Avalanches:no new avalanches observed, but did see evidence of pretty widespread wet loose cycle in valley bottom. Weather: Overcast, flurries, cold and steady north wind all day. accumulations 1/2″. temps 14-19ºF.
Snowpack: did not encounter any persistent slabs in terrain travelled. Obvious crusts, sometimes supportable on more southerly slopes, 3mm facets below. Safe generalization would be that snowpack with depths less than 3ft is entirely faceted out, capped by 3-10cm melt freeze crust. Ice climbing is shaping up though and spelunking in 2017 snowpack is novel! New fallen snow was blowing into 2-4″ windslabs-no hazard.