Overcast and below freezing temps (28-30F) for most of the day. Calm, with no wind, nor breeze to speak of.
Headed up Rock Creek today and parked just past the Aspen Campground. On the roadside we found an interesting scene with a blood saturated granite boulder where a chicken had been sacrificed, and at least 20lbs of various fruit, pineapples, coconuts, bananas and all citrus types arranged in some offering fashion. There was no bother to remove the tags, nor clean up the multitude of discarded plates and other filth strewn on the edge of the creek. Hopefully it was a sacrifice for more snow, we freaking need it. We bagged up the detritus and disposed of it when we got home. I’m cursed already, so I don’t think it mattered.
Ski tours seem to consistently be more about the adventure than the skiing here on the Eastside and things didn’t change today. Lower elevations and sunnier aspects below 9000ft do not have much coverage at this point and skis took a beating on the way down. Higher northerly aspects within the trees averaged from 90-115cm of snow, most of which had 10cm of near surface facets on the surface which provided good turns from 10500ft to 9500ft. The snowpack where I dug (10,250ft NE aspect 33deg slope) was consolidated and robust, 1Finger hardness throughout on top of some 4F facets at the bottom of the snowpack. 2xColumn tests failed in the hard category at CT22 Q3 and CT23 Q3 both within the basal facet layer. No results/propagation/failure on an Extended Column test =ECTX. No other signs of instability what so ever.