Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 2:00pm
We started our hike at lake level, around 7200 feet. The first 1000 feet was thin cover with variable conditions. Snow quality improved with altitude. Our route took us on an East face for a ways where we found surface hoar and near surface facets until about 10,000 ft. elevation. HS (total snow depth) was anywhere from 20- 120cm in this area and still has that hollow and sugary feel I have been seeing in the shallow snow pack of East faces. Above 10,000 the quality and depth continued to improve. At 2:30 pm we finally dug in a wind loaded area, facing NNE, about 100 meters below the Sawtooth ridge, approximately 11,600ft. HS 335cm!! Skys were clear with light wind transporting snow. Air temp -5c. Foot pen. 40cm. Our results for CT and ECT are as follows.
CTEQ3 at 20cm down
ECTN4 at 5cm down ECTN11 at 20cm down ECTN18 at 30cm down A shovel sheer and considerable force released the next 40cm sitting on the p/k layer about 90cm down. We were happy with these results which we felt represented a tigger zone in the area we were skiing. We giggled through various depths of pow and sugar, interupted by occasional breakable all the way down.