Mostly we were interested in what will happen next. We dug a few quick pits on NE/E/SE and found a variety of slabs, crusts, and facets, and we found ourselves using this year's common refrain of "We don't like the structure". Until there's the thump of a new load it seems to me to be a bit theoretical, but apparently that much-anticipated thump is about to be applied. Seems like there are a few things that could happen:
- with 10-20 inches of snow and new wind there will undoubtedly be new snow avalanches.
- that said, it seems like it's coming in generally right side up and because of the big wind there won't be any surface hoar, and the new snow should (???) bond decently well to the wind-affected and sun-crusted slopes.
- anywhere between 1 and 4 feet down - depending on elevation and aspect - there are slabs and crusts that at this point break out with a fair bit of effort but do so cleanly and with energy, and a nice big windloaded storm might be enough of a thump?
- It's still a December snowpack with facets at the ground, and as that slide in Mineral earlier this week showed, step-downs to the ground are still a frightening possibility.
Nothing here that plenty of people have already noted, but I've been gone so it was good for me to note what's been happening lately in anticipation of this much-anticipated storm.