I spent the day in the lakes basin searching for some soft snow to give the joints a break.
we got lucky and found quite lovely recycled powder in sheltered northerly terrain above 9000′
A Couple of quick pits confirmed about 15-20 cm of the snowpack to be F hard faceted snow above a well-consolidated but still facets snowpack ~1f hard.
We noticed some light surface warming below 9000′ or so in areas with low slope angles and more solar exposure. While not extensive it was notable in that it added a “grippy” nature to the surface.
Isolated areas of small surface hoar were observed in sheltered and shaded locations.
Notable settlement has occurred over our extended dry spell. Snowpack heights average around 1-1.5 meters with several areas of dry ground around large trees or windward aspects on exposed terrain features.
No signs of instability were observed on our tour today.
mid to upper 30°s
Moderate , W
Cloud cover increased throughout the day today becoming overcast by mid-afternoon. Temperatures were relatively warm with highs in the upper 30°s however increasing winds out of the west kept things feeling chilly. We observed a notable decrease in temperature mid-afternoon after returning to the car. temp was measured at 34°