20210220 Saxifrage E2

South Coast Inland

jim , Monday 1st March, 2021 8:27PM

Avoided very suspect wind load/slab on NW-E asp and opted to ski a direct S line. Found 10-25 cm blower pow over crust. It was possible to pull loose Sz1 Sc on the crust in 10-20m wide pockets on S asp, esp on 35+ degree micro features. Additional load will be concerning on all asp.

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Powder. Weather conditions were: Stormy, Windy. We avoided: Alpine slopes. Riding quality was good.

Snowpack

CTE6 RP down 25 on crust. A few cm of DF below the crust, then 100+ cm FC. Other random hand shears in hasty pits were similar.

Weather

Weather bomb arrived at about 1300h; 2 or 3h earlier than we were expecting based on HRDPS Cayoosh. Poor vis north and east of us, but S of HWY99 was remarkably clear through the sucker holes.