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Exciting day to be in the mountains. We were originally planning to go bigger but dialed down the plans quickly as we observed an avalanche on the north facing road cut above the trans la Sal trailhead and numerous other signs of instability on the skin up: collapsing, shooting cracks, slides on test slopes. The touchiest snow I’ve experienced in the La Sals. Loads of energy out there. We probably experienced 100 collapses throughout the day (Laurel HWY, North Woods, Julie’s Glade).
Forecaster comment: Excellent observation. Thoughts on Considerable vs High danger rating - generally speaking, a high likelihood for natural avalanche activity is usually required for a high danger rating which wasn't really the case today. On the other hand, if human triggered avalanches are certain, which they were today, that also constitutes a high danger rating. The bottom line is that it is sometimes difficult to compartmentalize complex phenomenon into a single term. Either way, the signs of hair trigger instability are clear - it's dangerous out there!
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