31 Dec - Powder
Great news! The rain only went to 1750m, and above that is reasonably deep dry powder. On steep south aspects that took some sun two days ago you can find a weak suncrust below the new storm snow, and this sun crust can be found at higher elevations that the rain crust, but it didn't really impact on ski quality much. On north aspects above 1750m there is no upper pack crust, sun or rain. Great skiing. Some instability observed in the storm snow with fast running loose snow avalanches easy to trigger on steep test slopes. Long steep features would have produces long dry loose snow avalanches. I didn't go higher than 1900m and am not sure of what wind effect can be found above treeline. That would be something to look out for. I'd also be looking out for that new rain crust below 1750m to freeze up quiet hard and act as a sliding surface once the storm snow settles and becomes a more cohesive slab, rather than loose dry powder.
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