HS = 38"
The Basal 6-7" consist of damp rounding facets (photo 1 below).
Two pencil hardness crusts are visible above the facets, they are marked with sticks.
The remainder of the snow pack grades from two finger through four finger capped by fist facets. The four finger and fist hardness is last weeks storm snow.
The two finger mid pack consist of mostly rounded facets (photo 2 below)
1. Basal facets.
2. Mid-pack rounds.
Surface hoar and near surface facets on a west-northwest aspect at 8600'. Mt. Catherine in the background.
Although it is hard to see, this slope slide during the last storm. It looks like a 6" or so fracture in the area of the upper left of the photo. This is also a good example of the terrain in this area.
I choose this area today because of the low danger and figured I should ski some bigger/steeper stuff before the next storm.
This area basically takes me two days to get to solo. Day one is breaking trail up the canyon (Mountain Sheep) and west facing glades. Day two I use the track to get in with enough time to ski the norths and have enough time to break out and ski another run.
The hazard is going to rise quickly to considerable with new snow. I think this area's hazard today is spot-on with the Skyline forecast: low with pockets of moderate.
I figured I should name this area Maynard's Bowl due to Bob Denver's passing........RIP