An AIARE Level 1 course toured up to the Tele Bowls today from the propane tanks.
-2-5cm surface hoar down low on the approach, 1-2cm surface hoar all the way up through the trees, and 1cm surface hoar at the top of the Bowl. If this layer stays intact in the shelter of the trees and is buried by the next storm it will become a concern.
-Several kick tests and hand shear tests had negative results in the unconsolidated surface snow (great powder!).
-2 pits dug on the north facing ridge at 8500' just west of the main Tele Bowl; 26 deg. slope angle: CTM Sudden Collapse in a F hard layer (Facets or Precipitation Particles?) sandwiched between a P hard crust and a K hard crust at 50cm down; ECTP 14 within the same facet layer; RB4 Whole Block again within the same layer. Total snow depth in this area was 140cm, shallower than other places. While this weak layer may not be easy to trigger it clearly exists and can fail on isolated features.
-Ran into another skier on our way out who had gone higher up on Bardini than we had time for. He told us about a very recent R1D1 skier triggered avalanche that initiated on a steeper slope (>35 deg.) about 10cm down in the newer snow.
-Snow banners off of Laurel Mtn. and No Name Peak in the morning. Blowing snow from NE to SW. Calm winds down low on the Sherwins.