Still crackin' today in open meadows that presumably had more surface hoar than elsewhere:
But the slab seemed to have less energy than on Thursday. I stomped hard on the steep (40-45 degree) test slopes that were cracking and didn't get any propagation of the slab into a slide.
In a pit I dug on a 30 degree, north-facing slope amongst trees at 7300', I got compression test results of 27 and 28 that broke on the slab that is just over a foot thick (35 cm). Those high results were somewhat encouraging, but I took note that the shear was very clean (Q1). Shear plane was a few millimeters of large hoar crystals.
Total snow depth was 190 cm (75 inches). Not bad for an El Nino year. I heard the snowpack measured during the recent snow survey is 77 percent of normal. Could be worse.....
I twice skied the slope that was 20-35 degrees. No instabilities were seen. I was cautious with the meadows that presumably had more surface hoar on the weak layer by skiing along the edges of them or staying in the thickly-treed areas.
It was a beautiful spring day, with fog filling the valley:
Snow remained powdery on shaded aspects despite temps in the mid-40s. Turns were good:
Looks like we might get more snow in the coming week. The weak layer will likely remain a problem because it's on north-facing slopes that are remaining cool. I'll be checking out the layer when skiing next weekend, and probably again avoiding meadows over 30 degrees.