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Interesting report from backcountry skiers who were out today in the Elk Mountains of central Colorado. Wintry storm 7 (WS7)dropped up to a foot of fresh, but the snow bonded so poorly in places that it was sluffing and point releasing at the slightest touch of a ski, yet doing do with so with little or no slab avalanche formation. Probably a combination of an inverse density storm (heavy snow on top of light), with sliding surface provided by an autumn snowpack with a melt/freeze crust, or else re-crystallized powder on the autumn surface made a good slide layer. It’ll be interesting to see how things bond.