Forecast for the Skyline Area Mountains

Brett Kobernik
Issued by Brett Kobernik on
Saturday morning, April 13, 2024
The overall avalanche danger remains generally LOW on the Skyline today.
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Weather and Snow
Current Conditions: Friday brought clear skies and high temperatures into the upper 40s. Wind from the south was in the moderate speed category. The snow is pretty smooth right now which makes for decent riding conditions as it softens during the day. Our backcountry observer Chris Magerl gave me his take on the ski conditions from Friday: "the timing wasn't optimal, but the turns were still very worthwhile. I was there from 10a to noon. Started sinking a bit after about 11:30a, Best would probably have been 9a to 11a. All on the standard Electric Lake main run, except for an exit down the north facing directly to the pull out. That last run was surprisingly punchy and heavy. Wind was continuous in the 10 mph+ range, which kept it from feeling too hot."
Overnight temperatures didn't get as cold as they have been over the last few days. Most stations were in the mid 30s. Yet, with clear skies, the snow surface should be frozen this morning.
Mountain Weather: Today will be mostly clear with high temperatures into the mid 40s and moderate speed wind from the south. Sunday looks pretty similar but maybe some clouds moving in late in the day. There's a storm that may bring some snow to the mountains on Monday.
Recent Avalanches
There has been no significant avalanche activity for a few weeks now.
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Normal Caution
There isn't much to talk about as far as avalanche conditions are concerned. We remain in a very spring-like pattern with the snow freezing overnight then softening and getting wet during the heat of the day. The rule of thumb is to avoid steep terrain and gullies when the snow gets really wet and sloppy later in the day. This is the most likely time for any wet avalanche activity. Generally, if the riding conditions get really punchy and unsupportable, it's time to call it a day. Overall, the threat of avalanches is pretty low right now.
General Announcements
This forecast is from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This forecast describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.