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Observation: Other Regions

Location: Pete's North (SW Aspect)

Route & General Observations

Ben and I dug this pit at 2200 feet on a SW aspect. We found the
January rain crust buried 1.5 feet deep. Our compression test
scores on the facets above the crust were the lowest ones yet, a
sign of decreasing stability. Our Extended Column Test, however,
did not propagate a fracture across the entire column. While
skinning up between 1000 and 1800 feet elevation, we easily broke
through a 1-2″ thick surface melt-freeze crust into sugary facets
below. The skiing was good above 1800 feet on westerly aspects
in the trees.