There was a large natural avalanche cycle Sunday 3/17. D3 slides were common on all aspects and elevations above 1500ft. A few D4 slides were observed with unusually long runouts (one of them over 1 mile long). That cycle has ended, but warm temperatures continue to bring down the occasional wet slide from steep south aspects.
Aftermath of the major avalanche cycle:
Our zones received 2-4″ of SWE last weekend, and snow levels rose to 4500-5000ft, causing a major avalanche cycle. Since then, it has been quite warm, with temperatures above freezing at 4600ft and lower, for the last 4-5 days straight. Temperatures will begin to cool off a little this weekend, with some light rain on Saturday.
Snow Depth [in]
Last 24-hr Snow/SWE [in]
Last 3-days Snow/SWE [in]
Today’s Freezing Level [ft]
Next 48-hr Snow/SWE
0″ / 0.20
5500ft falling to 4000ft sunday
0″ / 0.20 *
0″ / 0.40 *
0″ / 0.70
0″ / 0.30 *
( *star means meteorological estimate )
If you get out riding, please send in an observation!
Do a rescue practice with your partners. Always carry a beacon, shovel, and probe, and KNOW HOW TO USE THEM.
Practice good risk management, which means only expose one person at a time to slopes 30 degrees and steeper, make group communication and unanimous decision making a priority, and choose your terrain wisely: eliminating unnecessary exposure and planning out your safe zones and escape routes.
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