West from timberline, crossing little zigzag canyon below treeline. Dropped into last big canyon before zigzag proper, skied a variety of aspects. Skiing was either grabby/punchy crust with inverted new snow, or nice inconsolidated new snow over crust.
March 4, 2017, 11:30 a.m. PST
Weather: Overcast w/occasional blue hole, temps near but below freezing. Light to no wind from the west. Snowing S2 rimed dendrites and grauppel for about 30 min at 11:30 before becoming S1-.
Snowpack: 4-10cm dense new snow over suncrust of variable thickness by aspect. Leeward aspects (E) had a supportable crust with thinner less consolidated new on top. Windward aspects and areas directly wind loaded had thinner crusts and most consolidated new snow. No cracking, collapsing, or other signs of instability observed.
Area Description: Canyon east of zigzag that I erroneously refer to as little zigzag.
Avalanches: None observed. Impressive cornices present on the usual aspects, no natural cornice fall observed.
Observation by Patrick Fink
Did you see any avalanches? No
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No