It looked so promising just a short time ago. Now it doesn't. Ryan Harvey tells us about the concerns and dangers of this wonky early-season snowpack.
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Oh, it might look good from the valley bottom, but the news isn't fantastic up top. Ryan Harvey gives us the down low on what's up.
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Ruby dropped a quick line with some early observations in the Dogtooth range- "One small touchy storm interface cycle last Monday. I was up top yesterday. 60cm's at Dogtooth. 70 - 80 in the Alpine. The recent storm gave us 15cm. Good pow turns down Northern Lights on the sled! Winds were transporting snow from the NW at a moderate rate at 1100 yesterday morning."
Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013
Anticipation for another season is starting to take hold of my thoughts lately! With the arrival of cooler air, new snow porn on the shelves, and the seasons hollywood movies appearing in theaters is a subtle reminder that winter will soon transcend itself onto the mountains we love! We are stoked to be providing Ruby TV again this coming winter to help keep folks in the loop about the conditions in the Dogtooth range and abroad. Stay tuned and pray for a deep deep cold winter!
Despite the excellent biking in the valley, it is still winter up high. Ryan Harvey reports.
If it's not going to snow, at least we have sunshine. Long, clear days make for good outings in the backcountry. Just remember to give yourself some time at the end of the day in case things start to go sideways, whether mechanical malfunctions, injuries, etc.
With the warm temps watch out for wet loose avalanches on steeper Southerly aspects. The March 10th surface hoar seems to be dormant but with continued warming I would keep it in mind. Another thing to watch out for these days are cornices. They are large at this time of year and may be losing strength with the daytime warming. Cornices are unpredictable and deserve some healthy respect. A cornice itself failing could pose a hazard or that large load of a cornice failing could trigger a deeper instability in the snowpack. There have been daily reports of cornices failing in the various nearby mountian ranges.
Surface hoar is growing and it's a good idea to create a mental map of exactly where it is in the terrain you are playing in, because once it's burried it becomes more of a guessing game. Keep this layer in mind once we get some snow on top of it.