Waffles and rain crusts

Purcells

Leslie Crawley , Sunday 14th November, 2021 8:00AM

Found the rain crust up to about 2200m. Above that there were small wind slabs that were stubborn to ski cut and 5-10 cm deep. At ridge top cornices are already surprisingly developed, some have failed, triggering wind slabs below (~20 deep). Looked to have happened mid storm from the amount of snow on top. Dug a quick pit at 2350m SE aspect treeline. 65 cm of snow. Solid pencil crust up 30 and a cm of small facets on top. Extended column test failed on 12 but didn't go the whole way across. No cracking or whumpfing while travelling either. Good skiing if the alder will let you above 2200m

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Powder, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Warm. We rode: Mellow slopes. We avoided: Steep slopes. Riding quality was ok.