Date of Observation: 02/09/2021
Name: Evan Ross
Zone: Southeast Mountains
Aspect: North East, East
Weather: Overcast. Very light snow through most of the day. 1″ new. Calm winds
Snowpack: Mostly managing the avalanche problem through terrain selection. We skied in the mid to low 30-degree range and avoided higher consequence or more likely areas to trigger. In the end, we didn’t find any obvious signs of instability, confidence was improving, though we didn’t let that change our mindset for the day. For the areas we traveled, I would have higher confidence saying the avalanche problem was not widespread, but I’d have lower confidence in trying to say whether it is isolated or specific in the terrain. The snowpack structure was variable, mostly due to previous wind and avalanche events. Given that variable snowpack structure, it’s hard to say what it would take to further activate the avy problem. HS for the area traveled was in the 85 to 120 HS range. Soft slabs of various strength covered the January interface.