The reactivity of these windslabs is extremely variable. Avoid heavily loaded areas and be aware that below 2200m, windslabs sit on a thick melt freeze crust which could serve as an excellent bed surface.
This problem is more prevalent in shallow snowpack areas. Use caution moving from thick to thin spots as our area has an incredibly variable snowpack depth.
Deep persistent slabs are best managed by:
Cornices are best managed by:
Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud with isolated flurries in the early AM. Light West Wind. Freezing level valley bottom.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Light to moderate West wind. Freezing level valley bottom.
Thursday: Mostly Sunny. Moderate SW wind. Freezing level rising to 1400m.
Sheltered areas, such as Cameron Lake, are skiing well & only have a few isolated pockets of windslab at ridgetop. Wind exposed areas have new & old windslabs sitting over a melt freeze crust which exists up to 2200m. Reactivity of this crust is highly variable. The midpack is well settled, though weaker basal facets can be found in thin areas.
No new avalanche observations in the past 48 hours.
Significant cornice growth noted in the alpine.