Snow conditions were: Wind affected, Powder. Weather conditions were: Windy, Warm, Cloudy. We rode: Alpine slopes, Mellow slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Steep slopes. Riding quality was good.
Avalache Conditions: Whumpfing or drum-like sounds or shooting cracks.
Did test in a leeward snow catcher 250cm depth. Sheltered area 50m lower showed 140cm 3 different thin facet layers 25cm, 60cm, 85cm All took 4+ from shoulder with resistant failure. Snow below 1850m seems to be supportive top layer, but lots of settlement when skinning,and mostly facets as you can push pole to ground, we avoided the slightly more complex terrain. Snow we turned up w sled, sintered well and made a good skin track after about half an hour.
Source: Avalanche Canada MIN