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December 18, 2016, Snoqualmie Pass
« on: 12/18/16, 07:58 PM »

Thanks Alan and Nici for a great tour.

365 days (leap year disturbs the calendar date) after the Kendall Peak accident turned out to be a reasonable time to reprise the tour Susan, Seth, and I did December 19th, 2015. Weather wasn't entirely dissimilar either, with tonight's storm's promise of inaccessibility for the alpine.

Really quite good skiing in the sheltered and shady. Stick to more-open slopes to avoid tree-bombed snow. Tiny windslab near the ridgetops, but nothing moved for us anywhere.

We tickled the dragon with a short foray onto one sheltered ~40 degree W slope at 4600' but didn't get bitten, only a few fabulous turns. One never knows whether we're lucky.

The snowpack surprise of the day was a curious crust beneath yesterday's 5 cm new snow that affected only ~E-S slopes, but not west. Once we figured it out, we skied every west slope we could find. The crust, which may already be breaking down, per discussions with others who skied Saturday, might form an unexpected spatially-variable bed surface for the next round of storms.


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Re: December 18, 2016, Snoqualmie Pass
« Reply #1 on: 12/21/16, 02:55 PM »

We found a similar type crust on a south facing slope that day, which appeared to be a sun crust...it was not present in the shade of trees.

North facing slopes were stable, but did have a small scattered pockets of <10cm wind slab.  Mostly good, soft snow was found.


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