Observations – Eagle River area – Magnificent & Vista
Obvious signs of instability:
- Mostly sunny with temps in the upper 20s and generally light winds
- Generally slide-for-life on a thick, hard, and solid melt-freeze crust
- Breakable crusts and windboard in very thin areas of the snowpack
- Dry, wind-affected, and softer snow in the upper elevations (above ~4000′)
- Surface hoar up to ~5mm in valley floors, largest near open drainages, and on wind-protected slopes below ~3000′
- Surface faceting elsewhere
Randoist Brian Harder (aka Randoman) and I made some of the best lemonade I’ve ever tasted today. Ingredients consisted of ~8-9 miles of booting (not an inch of skinning and mostly in crampons), ~7750′ vertical feet, three descents from two summits, turns in a spectrum of snow conditions (ranging from dry powder to boilerplate slide-for-life) down some very cool faces and features, and excellent stability.
Unconditional love is the best.
Several of the above photos are courtesy of Randoist Brian Harder. Check out his site: SkiMo Life.