I took today as an opportunity to ask the snowpack some questions… to which I received mixed answers. On a knoll at 1700’, I pulled off the ski track to dig a pit on an area that shouldn’t see many tracks. Unfortunately, the snow study gear was forgotten at home so going off memory.
95cm of right side up/fairly uniform snow over the 10cm facet layer that sits on the melt forms of the Halloween crust.
Snowpack felt somewhat elastic during taps.
CT and ECT provided surprisingly negative results until removing the majority of overlying snow after 30 taps and treating it as a pseudo deep tap and extended deep tap.
CT had a Q1 failure at a slight density interface 5cms above the facet layer. ECT had a fracture at the top of the facet layer that arrested 2/3 of the way thru the extended column. Both failures exhibited “energy”.
PST 1: interface 5 cms above facet layer
PST 2: Top of facet layer
Fracture “stepped down” to lower bottom side of facet layer at 75cm.
The pocket release mentioned in the other report looks to have slid on upper portion of the facet layer.