Bottom line in this area is a thin and rotted snowpack which is typical for this area which needs to be treated with a micro-climate approach. It is the only area in the County that appears to have a continental type snowpack this season.
My partners and I all agreed we would not get on any big, exposed steep lines in this area.
Snow showers and clouds arrived mid afternoon.
A few concerns in this area:
A thin rotted snowpack, the potential for booby-traps is high considering the burns in the area and associated deadfall,
I think there is potential for difficult sledding due to a rotted, generally, non-supportive snow pack at the low elevations (below 6,500' or so)
Right now, the hazard is not alarming, that being said, if the current forecast of snow/rain and loading verifies, I would not be surprised to see a natural cycle and high hazard in this area (e.g., future red flag...).
No pits needed when you can punch your pole to the ground.
The only areas we would have avoided were steep exposed lines.Close