Observation: Monitors

Observation Date
Observer Name
mark white
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction
Wind Speed
Weather Comments
Mostly cloudy with some small breaks of sun in the afternoon, light snowfall not adding up to anything, light winds from the SW on the ridge line.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
New Snow Density
Snow Surface Conditions
Dense Loose
Melt-Freeze Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments
Most of the S, E and W facing terrain has a melt freeze crust with a skiff of new snow, the S facing up high had been wind scoured down to the old crust and was loud. The due N consisted of dense settled powder, the NE which I skied had a bit of a zipper crust in the top but changed back to dense and settled a ways down the slope, didn’t seem like there was enough sun today to dampen or soften the upper elevations.
Headed up to the Monitors not expecting much but was surprised at how smooth they looked, most likely do to the high wind speeds a couple days ago. The 4 inches of dense new snow softened the riding but a bit of a zipper crust up high kept you on your toes. I ski cut what looked like some wind slabs sitting on soft snow on a steep portion of S Monitor with no results, the new snow seemed well bonded to the old surface, but at a higher elevation with more dense wind blown snow on a hard bed surface I could see wind slabs moving. On my exit the S facing had not softened due to lack of sun, but the W provided a less teeth rattling exit.
photos: drooping cornices in S Monitor, 
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