Southwest through northwest winds have formed thin wind slabs over a crust / surface hoar layer and may propagate farther than expected. Dig down and investigate the bond of new snow before committing to your line.
This layer likely requires a large trigger. Be cautious when transitioning from thick to thin snowpack areas
Deep persistent slabs are best managed by:
Cornices are best managed by:
Thursday: Mainly cloudy with isolated flurries. Moderate west winds. Alpine high -7
Friday: Cloudy with sunny periods and isolated flurries. Moderate west winds. Alpine high -7
Saturday: Mainly cloudy with isolated flurries. Moderate southwest winds. Freezing level is uncertain with models predicting anywhere between 1500 and 2200m
30cm of recently wind affected snow has gradually loaded either a suncrust below 2000m on solar aspects or spotty surface hoar in sheltered areas between 1600 and 1900m. This may be a problem layer when we see more snow. The midpack is strong in deep snowpack areas, but the facets lingering at the bottom remain a concern in thinner areas.
Skier controlled wind slabs to 1 were reported in the Castle region yesterday.