|Location:||Bennett Ridge - 1000$ Run|
Route & General Observations
Overall good skiing, less new snow on S and E aspects. Where the new snow sits on top of a stout melt-freeze crust. Very poor visibility (in the clouds), making navigation, skiing and observations difficult. Light snowfall.
Obvious signs of instability
|Recent Avalanches?||No||Collapsing (Whumphing)?||Yes||Cracking (Shooting cracks)?||No|
One collapse on a NE aspect, my ski-partner felt the collapse 40' away.
Light snowfall -1cm/hr. High humidity, mostly calm winds, but occasional gusts swirled through.
2" of dry new snow (Fist hardness) on top of, 4-10" partially settled new snow (4F hardness).
Highly reactive snow found on N aspects, where the "new" snow sits on top of near surface facets. ECTP12, CT1 Q1 (Sudden Collapse), CTC Q1 (Sudden Collapse).
On aspects without, near surface facets, stability, seemed fair to good. There were some density inversion in the new snow, and in some locations I observed a shear plane within the new snow.