I hiked above the rain crust zone to take a closer look at the
new wind slabs/surface snow and how this snow is bonding to that
old slippery hurricane layer. My compression tests found
multiple moderate failures in the surface snow on the various
density changes. Basically, I found 1.5 feet of hard slab snow
on top of the old slippery surface. The surface snow appears to
be bonding OK to that slippery surface in this particular pit.
This is not the rain crust; so, maybe we will have a little more
luck with stability above 3000 feet. I’d still be cautious out
there right now. The top 8 inches was failing fairly easy in
handpits on my way up.