The snow surface is quite variable right now and Seattle Creek is no exception.
Sastrugi, hard supportable wind board, trap door wind crust, thin breakable wind
crust and soft recycled powder in sheltered low elevations can be found. Under
these various wind layers are facets that formed in the cold clear weather from
Only a trace of snow fell during the day but at 3pm snowfall began to increase.
Temps were quite warm in the upper teens and winds were light from the east.
Two photos are of rimmed snow crystals that were falling today.
One photo is of near surface facets from inside the pack, 8 inches below the
surface. These facets were found in an area without a hard wind layer on top.
These non-cohesive grains are what makes up the recycled powder certain folks are hunting for in order
to make good turns right now.