Seen any obvious avalanche clues lately? Bet you have. It's very much Spring now and Ryan Harvey reminds us that if it goes this time of year, it can go big.
Incremental deposits of snow loading a weak layer, the sun's heat heavy on the snowpack, and cornices teetering above. Kyle Hale explains why these things should be on your mind for the rest of the season.
You know how in every town there are geezers who say, "if you don't like the weather, just wait a few minutes"? Well, in Golden recently we are those geezers. Lately the mix has included blower pow, blower wind, wind slabs, wind crusts, solar radiation, temperature crusts and surface hoar. And more snow is coming! Adam Sherriff helps us make sense of it all.
Yes, it seems we are in a bit of a rut. But the snow has been falling somewhat. And the wind has been blowing somewhat. So thinking about where the two have combined to form slabs is key to backcountry travel at the moment. Ryan Harvey helps us think about it.
Seems like an awfully good time to be skiing. Ryan Harvey points to wind slabs and buried surface hoar as things to consider while getting after it, and also warns us that the next problem is developing right under our feet.
Do you remember a start to a winter like this recently? Holy moly there has been excellent skiing. But things ain't the way they used to be just a few days ago. Ryan Harvey shares his thoughts on how all this snow may be affecting the backcountry conditions.