It snowed throughout Tuesday and in the afternoon fairly heavily for a good chunk of it, and with light winds. This gave a nice top up of fluffy powder and when the M1 Poma opened, there was some fantastic fresh tracks on the White Lady and M1 SideTrack.
Not many photos as today was mainly about getting the SSC Hut webcams back online. The original balcony camera that has looked over the balcony since October 2007 was retired today, for a higher resolution camera. As well as better lighting and sharper images, that means there are now larger webcam photos available for the three cams in the SSC Hut. Go to the cam page
and click on the images to load a larger one.
One thing, from the first few shovels into the drifts and mini cornice at the SSC Hut - take heed of that 'Danger - HIGH Avalanche Risk' banner! Between shovel loads at the door an adjacent 2m wide and about 50cm deep chunk spontaneously slide off, measured the angle of what was left behind and it was only around 29 - 31degrees.
In terms of conditions one thing to say is there has been a massive improvement in the lower slopes since Saturday, all options of the Carpark Run are now good. One other thing as alluded to in the photo captions - snow depth on the Cas uptrack through the mid Gunbarrel is deeper than during the 2010 season!! Obviously a very different season in terms of the weather pattern and we need less wind and more variation in snow bearing wind to repeat the incredible all over cover of that year.
There are lots more photos from WindyMiller from today in the Public Reports.