The Negatives - Transitioning new snow, natural wet loose slides
Signs of Unstable Snow
Confidence in Rating:
Started my tour from the top of J7 and traversed down the ridge, toured up the hourglass to the top of the Negative Cirque. Descended both the north and east aspects of the Negatives Cirque. Then continued down the valley to the Fern/Yost Trailhead.
3-5 cm breakable temperature crust with surface hoar on the ridge down from J7
My first several turns down the east facing chute produced many roller balls around 11 am.
North facing terrain above 9.5K feet had 10-15cm of unconsolidated cold dry snow that skied nicely
Snow below 9.5K ft was in a transitional stage on all aspects.
Travel in flat forested areas was challenging with very grabby snow in areas
I was able to trigger a small, loose wet slide on a ski cut on a steep east facing convexity around 9.3K ft at 11:15 am
Many natural point loose wet slides observed above treeline in all aspects except true north
Descending the last steep bench down to the fern/yost trailhead contains supportable snow with 1cm of wet snow on top
Skiing conditions were surprisingly enjoyable for the very low expectations I had
Approximately 1000 feet of hiking is required to reach trailhead parking area
Calm , N
Full sun in the morning, increasing high clouds and warming temperatures throughout the day. Light to calm north-east breeze.