The avalanche danger is variable and can range from Low to High. Travelling early in the day is recommended, as conditions can change rapidly in short periods of time due to daytime warming. Pay careful attention to the integrity of surface crusts formed overnight and rising air temperatures during the day. Dry slab avalanche danger may also exist during spring snow storms. More Spring Conditions details.
Clearing skies Sunday afternoon will moisten the new snow on solar aspects increasing the likelihood of loose wet avalanches.
Cornices continue to fail especially with daytime heating. Minimize your time underneath these and remember that a cornice failure could also trigger the deep persistent slab on the basal facets.
The weak basal facets can produce large avalanches with large triggers or heat. Remember that the snowpack is generally strongest when it is cool and stick to planar, supported slopes with a deeper snowpack when entering steep terrain.
Deep persistent slabs are best managed by:
Cornices are best managed by:
Up to 10cm is expected in this region with light-moderate winds and mainly cloudy conditions, clearing in the afternoon.
30-50cm of settled snow from this past week. There are a variety of melt freeze crusts in the upper snow pack on all aspects and elevations except for due north above 2300 m. A basal weakness remains at the bottom of the snow pack. It is currently only reactive to large triggers like cornices but may wake up with solar warming.
No avalanches were observed Saturday.