Skinned up through the trees until tree cover subsided and then skied down. Made three laps total.
Dec. 30, 2018, noon PST
Weather: Heavy snowfall from 10:00am until around 1:00pm, then clear skies. No wind. Possible accumulation of 3” while skiing.
Snowpack: Distinct layering at 20cm and 35cm below the surface. 20cm of fresh, light snow sat upon what seemed to be a more consolidated snowpack than we were expecting. Snow was relatively firm below the 20cm layer before reaching a 35cm crust that was of a styrofoam level firmness. After performing two extended column tests we found no significant propagation of weaknesses. Some cracking appeared after 10 weak strikes and 8 moderate strikes, with crumbling thereafter. No whumping or cracking occurred while touring or skiing. While the snowpack felt firm under skins, after transitioning we found ourselves falling into thigh-deep pow at times. After three of the best runs of our lives we went home for beer.
Area Description: South facing aspect of Pick Handle Point. Slopes skied were angled around 30 degrees.
Avalanches: No evidence of avalanche activity.
Did you see any avalanches? No
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No