Mini tour to Hen Skin Lakes into Silver Basin until 6080'.
May 19, 2017, noon PST
Weather: Sunny and still, few puffy clouds hardly moving, somewhat 'rotating' in place. Prob upper 40's around 10:30a and 50's+ by 14:00p whereby the resort base was windy.
Snowpack: 10:30a resort snow in shade was firm, almost icy while the sunny snow was soft 1-2". By 11:30ish no snow was firm and icy. A 26-30 degree NE facing mini slope inside of Silver Basin at 6080' was slippery enough that skinning it was awkward. Boot sunk around 6". Skiing down it around 12:00 didn't propagate sloughs, it was creamy and rather sticky, some roller balls. Resort runs were easier to ski w less soft snow at surface.
Area Description: Silver Basin/Crystal
Avalanches: Didn't see any occur. Saw loose/wet from day(s) prior but not huge (D1-2?). Some good sized cornices still out all around the basin.
Observation by Heidi Watters
Did you see any avalanches? No
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No