Excellent riding on NE, N and NW aspects in Sundays latest 6 inch event. We have turned the corner with regard to low angle slopes with aspects on the lower half of the compass from ENE, E, SE, SW, and WSW. The heighth of the sun angle is now favoring a spring like radiation effect on these off aspects, and as a result warming of the snow surface and resulting m/f crusts are with us for the rest of the season. Steeper slope angles and an increasing need to be focusing on NE, N and NW aspects for cold snow riding is essential. Unfortunately, this is exactly where our weakest snow is still lingering. Bottomless riding was found on these colder aspects, yet early season conditions are still in place, and care should be taken around steep cliff rollovers (and any rocks) due to the thin cover. Unfortunately the 6 inches from Sunday was not enough to keep you off the old tracks and the m/f crusts on the off aspects, and challenging riding was experienced on these aspects.
Overnight winds appeared to be enough to get D1 loose snow natural avalanches in steep NE facing terrain at upper elevations.
Loose wet previously noted.
Increasing prefrontal SW winds forecast, and there appears to be ample snow available for transport, so wind slab at the upper elevations, and even mid elevation ridgelines may present problems for Wednesday in steep facing terrain on the shady aspects. This danger will be increasing throughout the day on Wednesday and into Thursday.
Danger appeared to be low on Tuesday with it rising to moderate as the winds and new snow accumulate Wednesday into Thursday. The forecast for up to 8 inches with the combination of wind loading may be enough to get the persistent weak layers reactive; and the possibility to get an avalanche cycle active on Thursday may be likely in these isolated areas.