Poor structure! Below 1700' basal facets were found on the ground with a 12" slab on top. Above 1700' well developed facets were sitting on a melt/freeze crust with a 15" slab on top. This melt/freeze crust varied in thickness from 1-6" with elevation. Most hand pits failed on isolation due to this weak faceted layer. Along the Western Sunburst ridge from 2300' - 2500' hand pits were more stubborn and revealed variable interfaces between old/new snow. In some places along the ridge new snow was sitting directly on the crust, and in other places the new snow was found on old hard layers of wind packed snow. These finding aligned with several observations from Tincan and Seattle Ridge last week where ridges had been wind affected, but just below the ridge-lines widespread facets were found in areas protected from strong NW winds from mid-November.
We dug several test pits at 2500' just below the natural avalanche on a Westerly aspect of Sunburst. Height of snow varied from 45-70cm (16"-27".) 32 degree slope angle. Test Results: ECTP7, ECTP8, ECTN11, CT11