We performed a couple of stability tests today, one formal and one informal.
The formal one was an Extended Column Test that propagated after one tap from the shoulder (ECTP-21). Very clean shear on top of the Christmas facets.
We then widened up the pit and rode a snowbike over the top and had similar results.
This weak snow near the ground makes me nervous. Chances for triggering an avalanche are decreasing right now but it would still be possible. There is enough danger to keep me off many steep slopes on the north half of the compass.
Obviously, the danger will increase when we add more snow on top of this weak snowpack structure.