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Location (general area)
Road conditions to area
clear (no clouds)
Calm (smoke rises vertically)
Wind direction in degrees
Aspect in degrees
Boot/ Ski penetration
Shin to thigh
Activity, recent avalanches
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks. collapsing
Obvious avalanche path
April 8th, 2023
Firm icy conditions early yielded to almost corn conditions as temps rose…
We climbed acorn canyon above WW in dawn hours to destination pine mtn. Morning had us traveling on firm icy conditions where crampons and ice axe were needed. North and West aspects were bulletproof so at 10 am we dropped an east aspect along north backbone under pine mountain. Drop at approx 8800’ and rode down to 7700’. Snow had the look of corn but wasn’t quite corn yet as we found most of the snow we were to ride was in transition still.
We climbed on and later summited. Dropped north gully and found some colder and drier snow up high near summit that was nice to ride, but soon found slower old hot powder below that was fun but laboring.
Around 16:30 we were on top of acorn canyon and dropped north aspect where we careful not to set off several wet loose slides that weren’t necessarily large but concerning given the consistency.
Fun day, but snow is still transitioning.
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