Unstable snowpack at Lionhead

From obs.: "We found 12" to 16" of new snow sitting on top of 6"-8" of sugary snow that extended to the ground. We skied an east-facing slope of approx. 30º and found no signs of instability. We avoided steeper, north facing slopes... accessed by West Denny Cr. trailhead after seeing 12" - 16" of sugary snow there earlier in the week preceding the storm. Was concerned about new snow overloading the old snow and about ascending below the wind-loaded Lionshead Ridge." Photo: K. Peters (horizontal pole represents line of old snow with new snow above)

Location
Lionhead Range, 2019-12-01