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Title: January 22, 2016, Silver Peak
Post by: heinzsd on 01/22/17, 01:39 PM
Well we never really ventured off the nordic trails,  - Once you started to get around towards Ollalie Meadows the trees were covered in 3" of ice and the ice layer was very prominent and bulletproof. That mixed with some consistent wind gave variable conditions off the nordic trails with some solid and exposed ice chunks in many locations and wind slabs in others ( though the meadow is too mellow to judge any avy conditions).  Don't know what it was like higher as we never really went above 4000' but the contrast between the ice there and closer to the Summit was drastic.  Closer to the summit had some nice dust on a crust layer, but the crust wasn't bullet proof ice.  Turned into a nice walk in the woods with some inbounds touring.   Can't recall ever experiencing that drastic of a difference in ice buildup at similar elevations right around the corner from each other.



Title: Re: January 22, 2016, Silver Peak
Post by: silaswild on 01/22/17, 09:32 PM
WE did venture off the Nordic trails.  Nice 6" fluff on a firm base below 4000'.  Higher we found a bulletproof 1/2" ice crust on rocks, tree limbs, and sadly the surface below the 6" fluff. Skinning was too slippery for us above 4300', so we enjoyed skiing down. How is the new snow going to adhere safely to that ice?!!


Title: Re: January 22, 2016, Silver Peak
Post by: Jake the Brit on 01/22/17, 10:46 PM
Quote from: silaswild on 01/22/17, 09:32 PM
How is the new snow going to adhere safely to that ice?!!


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