Eric and Amy Flygare
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Hand pit tests revealed a 2-3 mm thick rime crust in many areas hidden under about 10 inches of new snow. The rime preserved a layer of surface hoar that sheared easily in the hasty pit. The snowpack is now capped with another layer of surface hoar especially at mid elevations and lower elevations. Even with the buried layer of surface hoar we did not see any of the typical warnings signs; collapsing, whoomphing, cracking, recent avalanches, etc.
Even with variable riding conditions it was nice to get out of the nasty air trapped in the valley and enjoy the sun.
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