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Rodeo Ridge / Chilly Peak Slabs
Overall Low danger where we were traveling. We did find widespread pockets of wind-drifted snow. These were 1F to pencil-hard slabs up to 15 cms (6") thick, but most were shallower and only 5-10 cms (2-4") Lots of ski cuts on steeper rollovers that were wind-loaded and we could only get cracking in the wind drifts right around our skis.
There is currently some weak snow at the surface on northerly aspects with a few cms of near-surface facets, but overall the current snow surface does not look that weak and it should be able to handle the forecasted amounts of new snow (6-12" possibly). Given there is weak snow on the surface, I would be mostly cautious about any fresh wind drifts that form on top of this weak snow surface. I was able to find a few isolated pockets of radiation recrystallized snow on some sunny aspects, but most all solar aspects that were crusted did not have any facets sitting above the crust. I expect that any increase in avalanche danger Sunday/Monday will be storm snow related and should settled out soon and there will not be an issue with any faceted snow at the current surface.
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