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An afternoon tour in the Middle Fork to check on conditions.
The few inches of new snow definitey refreshed the riding, though wind scouring left some patches of icy crusts and frozen debris isn't fully buried. Ski crampons very helpful above 5600 feet, where new snow sitting on old melt-freeze crusts or hard wind board.
To 7200 feet
Guestimate of recent natural cornice fall activity. Flat light made it hard to be precise.
Debris visible, skied across part of it on apron. With new snow and flat-ish light, I couldn't identify where it started - midslope? Ridge? Debris blue-ish, with some chunks and walls up slope of where I was that looked like classic wet snow debris. Debris starting near ridge could have descended into wet snow, so can't classify type as hard slab or wet loose or what. Without a good sense of full extent of debris, estimating this as D2/5, though it could be D3. Vertical run could be up to 1800 feet. Estimating date as 3/6 -warmest day recently - as day ran, though could be as old as 3/1, or have failed during 3/4 winds.
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