We skied on Pete’s North today. We dug a pit at 2100′ on a N aspect. We found
very similar results to your tests in silvertip creek yesterday. At this site
there was 205 cm total snow depth. The slab in the mid portion of the pit was
very homogenous, up to pencil+ hardness. Doing a series of shovel shear tests we
found a hard, clean, fast, shear (Q1), on large (up to 1 cm), fallen over
surface hoar crystals about 40 cm above the ground. We cut a column, which
failed at the ground on isolation. The facets near the ground were well
developed and up to 6 mm.