Rode up the common up-track to the weather station and back. Looked around for any recent avalanche activity.
Several natural slab avalanches from the storm, mostly in terrain across Seattle Creek. No human triggered avalanches that we know of. Hardly any steep slopes were tested, folks mainly having a good time in the mellow terrain.
Several Natural avalanches from Thursday's storm or shortly after.
Zero Bowl (just on the opposite side of the up-track): what looked like a cornice fall that triggered a storm slab.
Several small wind slabs in the 6-12" range that did not go very far or wide.
Across Seattle Ck drainage were much more ominous looking natural avalanches from the tail end of Thursday's storm. These were in the 1500' to 3000' elevation range.
Tincan - there was what looked to be a storm slab avalanche in the lower Tincan Trees on the north end. No photo.
|Cracking (Shooting cracks)?||No|
Recent avalanches were the red flags we got. No cracking/collapsing seen or felt.
Some very shallow and small new wind slabs were seen (~6" deep).
Partly sunny skies.
Winds were gusty from the NW along the ridge (~5mph, gusts to ~15).
Chilly... around 10F or so.
Two feet of settling storm snow from Thursday night's storm.
Wind effect along the ridge... soft sastrugi...
We dug one pit to look at the new storm snow.
SE aspect at 2,200' - total snow depth was 10-11 feet.
Snow depth above the facets was 5-6' and the Halloween crust was 6' deep.
We only tested the top 4' of the snowpack and had no results (EXTX). The top 2 feet of new storm snow is soft (fist hard) and sits over a stiffer layer of storm snow from 4-5 days ago. The new storm snow looks to have bonded with the other settling snow from earlier in the week. Save for any wind slabs... we only saw very small ones, but I'm sure there are larger ones out there.