Garon M., Heather and I spent the day at the easily accessible Girls Camp Bowl in West Pine Creek. I’ll let the photos and video tell the story. Some important info would be east aspects at 7,000 ft have been effected by the sun the last two days creating a thick melt freeze crust. Also significant surface hoar is forming on east, north, and west aspects. We did not venture onto any south facing terrain today.
It was so nice to earn our turns and ski soft un-tracked snow. Garon and Heather were perfect companions for this beautiful Friday.
Heather racing to the top of Girls Camp Bowl in West Pine Creek
Recent avalanche activity on Stouts Mountain
The mighty northeast face of Stouts Mountain
Heather Lords finding bliss in deep soft snow!
We dug two pits and had similar test results. This video is of the first pit at 6500′ where a Q3 resulted at 21. I continued to 30 trying to get the column to propagate on the ice and/or facet layer closer to the ground. A small ice layer and a very small layer of buried surface hoar in our second pit (7,000ft NE) was noticed but did not propagate (stopped at CT 30) on a 38 degree slope.
That’s me skiing slightly funky snow (east aspect) on the left side of the Girls Camp Bowl. A steep plumb line of love! We found the best soft snow on north and northeast aspect of the bowl.