Took a late night stroll to the Park Butte Lookout on Thursday night (12/7). Majority of exposures above 4500' had 5" of beautiful, light hoar frost on top of a solid, refrozen crust. Now finally with a solid forecast for snow in the next week, seems like winter might start out kind of sketchy. Take it easy out there!
Thanks for the heads up - with low snow levels and wind following the start of deposition, we may have ourselves a classic continental problem again, and with skiers with a maritime mindset, we know how bad things may happen.
Please be careful out there friends. Nothing that has happened in the last week was enough to change the facets, reports from the field at Heather Meadows yesterday were of frequent remote triggers with easy propagation 2.5-3' deep. There has been some settling in the new snow which means the slab is getting stronger but still sits on top of the PWL.
Backcountry monoskiing wouldn't be as popular as it is now if splitboarding hadn't been invented...