- Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:44 am
I rode the diamond from the top to the bottom Saturday, likely shortly after you were up there.
I was optimistic that up higher the freezing rain layer would have transitioned to snow. This was not the case, the breakable freeze crust went all the way to the top of South Diamond and affected the entire area, some areas especially up higher are not easily breakable either.
Word to the wise, this freeze crust was likely well preserved from the cold conditions and winds experienced Sunday, along with more snowfall, although minor to today.
If we see the snow that is forecasted this week and it does not get blown off by the wind, this rain/freeze crust is going to create quite a scary weak layer that is likely to not consolidate unless it gets really hot up there in the coming weeks.
PS: on October 14 the ground/base layer of the snowpack on South Diamond was 2-7cm deep of large facets, with about a half meter of softer snow sitting on top of it. Shaping up to be a scary snowpack like last year. Please don't forget the large slides that ran the face of South Diamond at the end of November and on December 26 of last year.