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.
When you are skiing this stuff, it feels like pillows and down jackets have spilled their guts under your feet. But an alpine temperature inversion is lurking, so Adam Sherriff makes his stumbling, I mean stunning debut to explain why this could be a game changer.
Yes, there is snow. But not much of it. And it isn't all staying in place. Kyle Hale - with emotional support from Ryan Harvey, Chris Granter and (introducing) Adam Sherriff - gives us the heads up on what's going down in the alpine. Short story: be careful. The snowpack is thin and there is a reactive surface hoar layer buried within, and another growing on top.