Lots of rain from Saturday. Conditions on Sunday morning were very wet. Strong winds and warm conditions ment the snow surface was very wet. The snowpack feeling the effects of this recent rain. The strong temperature gradient seen over the past few weeks has disappeared. Some of the facet layers have morphed to rounds so the snowpack is becoming stronger. We had medium CT test on buried surface hoar at 28 cm. Around lunchtime the rain turned to graupel and then finally snow at about 2 : 30 pm. By the time we arrived back at the car there was 5 cm of new snow on the ground
There has been rain for the first time this year : (
There is 2cm of wet new snow sitting on a melt freeze layer which is 2cm thick.
We got easy results on CT on the 6th tap, down 32cm but it was poor shear quality. On the second CT we got Medium result, 18th tap at 42cm BRK as well.
Extended column test showed inconclusive results with a partial break on the column down 42cm.
With the storm heading our way we should be seeing 30-70cm over the 4 days starting Sunday.
We should see snow down to 1400 m at the beginning of the storm then it will lower down to 900m. Get out and enjoy , but remember it will be wet and sticky.
We folks it's hard and fast out there at the moment. With the cold night temps, the snowpack is very firm till the sun does its magic and softens up the top crust mid morning. There is a 20mm layer of melt / freeze on all aspect and only the solar aspects are worth skiing early in the day. With some snow heading our way it will be interesting to see if this top layer causes any issues if buried. Freeze levels look be falling Tuesday but there doesn't look like there's much moisture with these colder temps. Strong winds are also forecast for this week. The freeze layer falling on Friday looks to have some moisture with it, fingers crossed we get some snow for the weekend
Possible snow Tuesday and Friday looking forward. Fingers crossed for a fill in for the coming weekend. Get out there and enjoy the great early season snowpack and take advantage of the great conditions.
dvantage of the great conditions.
Estimated as size 1.5, 30m wide 20m long, unknown crown, deposition 60cm deep. The first skier travelled low under a cornice and triggered the slope above, they were swept of their feet and carried 10m and were buried to the knees. The two skiing behind were also swept off their feet and carried a short distance. Storey by Jacob Fisher.
Was a great day out there today. No wind and blue bird conditions. day warmed up to 2 deg.
We found 10cm of fresh on the lee slopes.
Hand shear results on the ascent had medium test results down around 25cm at all elevations.
CTE3 SP @ 14cm
CTM14 SP @ 25cm
The slopes skied well today, the unconsolidated snow under the melt freeze layer is still there so traveling on anything other than Splitboard or Skis wouldn't be recommended.
Be careful on steeper slopes Lee to SW on anything unsupported.
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