It has been a long time coming, but be patient getting after it. Ryan Harvey explains what dangers lurk beneath the sublime surface.
If you haven't noticed, the snow has been falling as sunbeams lately. After this many weeks, there isn't much to warn you about in terms of avalanches, but that horrible base layer may still be under your feet. Kyle Hale reminds us to stay smart while we're getting after it.
50+cm of snow and howling winds for 4 days. What does this mean for our snowpack? Ruby talks us through it.
That snow that fell in September is still terrorizing us. Ruby has some things to tell us that should get our attention.
A quick update on conditions out there, motivated by a large skier accidental avalanche. The avalanche occurred on the backside of Ozone. A party of three were skiing the line known as "Girlfriend Chute". The first skier skied down, through the choke, and deaked right. The second person went and, I think, as they were entering the choke they felt the snow moving and headed left to perch under a rock. The second skier had triggered a size 3 avalanche and thankfully stayed above the moving snow. The mass of snow moving triggered a sympathetic size 2.5 avalanche on the fans of "Double Drop". don't know the exact dimensions of the avalanche but you can get a sense from the photos. Bottom line is it was large, large enough to destroy your car. It is uncertain whether any of that terrain has gone through any avalanche cycles this season, but this past week has seen more than 40cm of fresh snow plus any associated wind loading. This load sits on a thick weak layer from early December and a weak basal facet/crust combo. The snowpack is also very young with no real base, let alone bridge strength. Remember it is early season and we are dealing with a weak snowpack. These weaknesses may last for a long time. Be careful in your terrain choices.
Yes, all that snow has created a paradise on the one hand. But Kyle Hale warns us about that nasty other hand.