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Road Conditions: Grand County has not yet begun plowing the road to Geyser Pass Trailhead. The road is hard-packed snow and slick in places. Good tires and all wheel drive are recommended.
Cold and dry conditions exist throughout the extended period.
The snow surface consists of a mixed bag of sun crusts, wind crusts, old stubborn wind slabs, and cold loose snow. The snowpack on northerly-facing slopes is cold, weak, and shallow. A strong temperature gradient exists in our shallow snowpack. On these aspects, facets
have developed in every layer of the pack. The extended forecast shows cold clear conditions and this will continue the faceting process. What does this mean? For now conditions are mostly stable, but we are developing future weak layers. In the meantime, your greatest danger comes from traveling in low snow conditions. Average depth is around 18" at 10,000' and rocks, stumps, and other obstacles are barely covered up. It may still be possible to trigger a small slab of wind-drifted snow or a loose, dry sluff in isolated areas or in more extreme terrain. A ride in even a small avalanche in these low snow conditions would be rugged.
This snow profile from Friday 11/18 details a cold, weak snowpack on a northerly aspect.
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It's still low tide and rocks and logs are a real hazard.