Toured up Grant Ridge above Tunnel Creek today. Seemed to have been raining most of last night into this morning until nearly 6000'; we skinned from 3800' to 5800' in moderate to heavy rain. The rain transitioned to snow just below 6000' but remained super heavy and sticky until the top of our line (6700' or so). Up on the ridge at 6600' and above, while snowing heavily, the winds were very gusty. They were visibly depositing a great deal of snow onto North through East facing aspects.
We dug a pit around 6600' on a N facing aspect and found the height of snow to be 175 cm. Our results were ECTN14 20 cm down, and ECTN22 30 cm down, both Q3 (new snow, super crumbly and heavy). The rest of the snowpack seemed to be healing well, and we did not find a Thansgiving crust, per se. Instead, 130 cm down we found the crust pretty deteriorated, and just very saturated snow below. We could not get this layer to react in our pit tests.
Overall, it rained heavily all day to nearly 6000' in this zone, really trashing a good amount of our down low snow. Definitely a glop-fest, both for skinning and the way out. Rollerballs were prevalent on most slopes as the temps warmed even more throughout the day. We didn't see any natural avalanche activity, but didn't have any visibility of steep slopes where things were most like shedding...
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