Over 20 cm of snow has fallen over the past few days at the higher elevations which has been blown into small pockets of windslab in isolated locations. Today we avoided one that was 40cm deep and directly below a cornice.
Until we go through a major melt-freeze cycle, this problem will remain. While not expected to produce avalanches when the temperatures remain cold, once the warm air arrives we expect another round of large avalanches on this layer. Wednesday?
Deep persistent slabs are best managed by:
Cornices are best managed by:
Clear skies and a low of -10 on Monday night followed by a sunny day on Tuesday with highs of 4. Tuesday is the day to get out there! Wednesday we finally get the big warm up we've been waiting for, with freezing levels expected to reach 3500m, and going higher on Thursday. Highs on Wednesday to 12 degrees, with valley bottoms in the upper teens.
All areas of the park have a strong melt-freeze crust up to about 2400 meters, slightly bit lower on north aspects. Above that, dry snow persists with up to 20 cm of settled powder in shaded areas. Isolated, small windslabs exist in leeward areas in the alpine. Temperatures on Monday of -9 at 3000 m and a light north wind kept the snowpack stable.
No new avalanches were observed or reported on Monday.