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.
Hopefully this will be a big, furry one. Ruby tells us what dangers may lurk beneath the incoming snow.
Well, winter up top anyway. She came back in heavy and strong, so Ruby tells us what to watch out for.
It's one of those years again. The storm clouds are stubborn and unlikely to release. In fact, they are largely absent. But as Ruby explains, that doesn't mean there aren't concerns under out feet.