Observation: Summit

Location: General area observations

Route & General Observations

We hunted on skis on East facing slopes below 2,500ft between Fresno and Colorado Creeks
Minimal evidence of wind at our elevation, until we moved further south and the slope aspect went just *slightly* to SE. Then a 1/2″ to 1″ breakable wind crust formed under every roll in the terrain; very localized.

The high ridges between Summit Creek and Fresno Creek are blown clean to ground, but no other surrounding ridges are.
There are glide avalanches and wind slab avalanches everywhere, of all sizes and ages.
Some cornices are starting to form on ridges to the East of highway. I did not notice cornices forming to the west of the highway

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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-20F at Hope Junction, -13F at Summit Lake at about 9:30am. -3F at Summit Lake at 1:30pm
Clear and calm.

Snow surface

Surface hoar from road level to about 2000ft. Little to no surface hoar above 2000ft.
4-8" of very dry non-cohesive powder on top of a crunchy crust. The powder seems to be faceting away. Ski penetration was always to the crust layer.

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