Small wind-slabs can be expected near ridge-tops and lee terrain in the alpine.
The mid and lower snowpack is generally strong in this region. Concern still exists for shallower areas especially in the alpine where basal facets may exist. We have limited alpine observations to know if this is a problem or not.
Deep persistent slabs are best managed by:
Cornices are best managed by:
Westerly winds will stay in the moderate to strong range on Saturday. Highs of -5C at valley bottom and -12C in the alpine. 3-5cm expected Saturday and 3-5 on Sunday.
Up to 30cm of snow over the last few days sits over top of a well settled mid-pack. In much of this deeper snowpack region, the lower snow-pack is well settled and displays no significant shears. Shallower snowpack areas will likely have more pronounced basal facets. Isolated wind slabs exist near ridge tops and in lee terrain at alpine elevations.
No natural activity observed. The ski-hills reported small wind-slabs and moderate cornice development (described as fridge sized).