Baldy Rocks Dec 5
Inconsistent weather changes the conditions again...for the worse. Monday saw face shots top to bottom but the common theme today was a stiff crust from the parking lot all the way up to 2100m. The crust got a little softer about 200m above the parking area. Very strong SW wind at all elevations. Anything even slightly open was wind-hammered. Light snow off and on all day. Skiied both sides of Baldy Rocks ridge and was slightly better on the south side. A few controlled ski cuts on open, wind-affected terrain (NW) gave cracks and one of my partners was able to get one slab (10cm deep, 5m across) to pop but didn't propagate on a 30 degree slope. No signs of instability on the S side of the ridge. -5 @ parking area. Need some more snow to bury this latest crust and hopefully it will stay cool.