We focused our observations on three areas:
North aspect of Cornbiscuit, ~2000'. Height of snow in the area ranged from 65-80cm (25-31"). We dug a quick pit (HS=65cm) and found 3mm surface hoar over ~10cm F+ faceted powder, over 45cm K hard melt freeze crust, over 10cm 2mm basal facets. No reactive stability test results. (See photo below.)
WNW aspect of Cornbiscuit, ~2100'. We dug a pit in the slide path of one of the Cornbiscuit avalanches that released naturally on December 11th. The snowpack in this location was extremely thin and showed a poor, mostly faceted structure. (See photo below).
SW aspect of PMS bowl, 3100'. Height of snow averaged 100cm. We dug a pit in a shallow spot in order to understand how reactive the Thanksgiving facets are and the character of the slab. Melt freeze crusts in the mid-pack at this elevation are much thinner than at lower elevations (2cm at the most). We found poor structure, moderate to high strength, and propagation potential. (See photo and diagram below.)