I was up Mount Seymour on Monday (Feb 02) evening. Near the end of the snowfall, it rained all the way to the top of the mountain, and quite a significant amount. When I was skiing up i observed a 1/4″ thick ice crust on all surfaces (snow, trees, wands), and it got thicker as I ascended. It was so thick near Brockton Point that Tucker (60 pound Golden Retriever) could not break the crust and was skating on the surface: comical but scary for him.
So, in avalanche speak:
location: Brocton Point
foot penetration: 30cm
20cm 4 finger
10cm 1 finger
older surfaces below
It was very warm yesterday and today, but both evenings had cold, clear nights to harden the surface. Any SAR calls to this area are going to require crampons, and any new snow is going to be quite unstable.
NOTE: the CAA avalanche bulletin on Monday missed these conditions because the report was compiled at 14:00, I was on Seymour at 22:00