Enjoyed a handful of mellow powder laps off of Ghoulies today. The reactive new snow layer (above surface hoar) became more touchy throughout the day, but was of no real concern in the small sub-35 degree terrain we were skiing today.
Saw a handful of small pockets of "rippled" looking snow (micro avalanches). These pockets were widespread on protected slopes above 35 degrees. They seemed to be the new snowfall (4-6" deep) forming a cohesive enough slab to propogate short distances across the recently buried surface hoar layer. These touchy, yet harmless micro-avalanches triggered predictably while skiing today. Any turn near a treewell or on small terrain features approaching 35 degrees would initiate a shallow, shooting cracks and window-pane style fractures. The snow would almost immediately arrest, leaving the surface appearing rippled.
A very managable problem today in mellow terrain, but potentially a larger problem with the forecasted snowfall over the next couple days.
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