Winds from overnight created pockets of soft wind slabs of up 12 inches deep, and were observed on the surface in many locations. Buried hard wind slabs appeared to be more widespread and observed on multiple aspects in the upper elevations. The snow from overnight was low density and in more protected terrain, excellent riding and turning conditions were enjoyed on all aspects. Easterly aspects held the best riding in the upper elevations. Even though the sun came out for the majority of the mid afternoon hours, the cold temperatures appeared to negate the potential for the solar gain to dampen the snow surface.
Wind damage was observed on many exposed ridgelines and on SW, W and NW aspects.
Numerous small pockets of wind slabs were observed throughout the Alta Perimeter. Rocky Points, Test Bowl, and Little Superior all had such releases; and these all appeared to unintentionally triggered. With the winds forecast to ramp up overnight this problem may increase into the morning hours on Monday in the exposed terrain.
See above with regard to facet crust sandwich concerns, and along with this potential problem there are obviously outlying areas with thin snowpack and faceted layer issues that continue to linger waiting for a substantial load to become more widespread and reactive.
Besides the previously cited pockets of wind slab, the tracks observed and ridden on many steep slopes appeared to indicate there was not a widespread avalanche problem today. Without the presence of any natural activity, it appeared that the danger rating was moderate on Sunday; and with the winds increasing overnight and into Monday the danger most likely will escalate to considerable for wind slabs and potential persistent slabs overburdened by wind loading.