Toured up Max’s Mountain and found buried surface hoar below 2000′ on the SW
side of the mountain. It sits roughly 35-45cm deep. We did have a few collapses
in this layer while skinning around 1400-1600′. In areas where it sits on a
harder surface we were able to get it to fail at CT 1-5 taps. Where it was
sitting on a softer surface (more frequently observed) it was harder to shear.
Above 2000′ we could not find the buried SH layer.
Winds were light from the SE, light snow was falling with obscured skies. Temps
were chilly – single digits. Around 4″ fell in Girdwood today. The snow
surface was a bit inverted with 4-6″ of slightly denser snow (the cold dense
kind of snow) falling on lighter snow.