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Report from January 6, 2021
It snowed quite a bit recently and the snow conditions are sublime right now and the avalanche conditions are tricky.
Yesterday the avalanche rating was HIGH.
Today the avalanche rating was CONSIDERABLE.
We did see some small pockets fractures about 8″ deep and they didn’t run very far.
We had a blast skiing fun terrain, dropping small airs, and popping pillows all day long today.
Today was a simply gorgeous day with the tall mountains pasted with snow yet still boney with early season snowpack and jagged rocks abounding.
Dangerous avalanche conditions exist. Recent snow and yesterday’s strong southwesterly to northwesterly winds have added load to a snowpack that has buried weak layers. Avalanches could occur in the form of wind slabs at the higher elevations or as persistent slabs at all elevations. Although natural avalanches have become unlikely, human triggered avalanches are likely today and could be triggered remotely. Cautious route finding and conservative decision making is essential for safe backcountry travel.
– JHavalanche.org, 1/6/21