Thu, Mar 26, 2020 - 7:29 PM
Newberry Crater Area
Ski or Snowboard
Paulina Peak received considerably less new snow than the Cascades from the most recent storm. Throughout most of my tour I was skiing through 7-10 cm. of new snow over a supportable melt-freeze crust.
The only avalanche problem that I saw was very shallow Loose Dry avalanches that were triggered both naturally and by riders. The largest (D1) was a natural slide from very steep north facing terrain (see picture). While the predominantly north slopes held light dry snow throughout the morning, east slopes were beginning to form some roller-balls (pinwheels).
On the top of Paulina Peak (7984 ft.) at 12:30 the temperature was -6.5 C, and there were only a few clouds. The wind was light from the northwest. There was previously light blowing snow from the northwest.
Other notes: Many slopes had developed surface hoar last night, but in most locations it wasn't holding up well. I dug a test profile at 7100 ft. on a northwest slope. Beneath the supportable crust was a mix of old crusts, refrozen melt forms, and some poorly developed facets. I particularly noticed a layer of 1mm facets down 40 cm. This layer was 4 finger hard and didn't produce any concerning results in compression tests. I didn't experience any cracking or whumphing.