Primary hazard is shallow snow pack! Not enough snow to actually ski. Downhill travel included walking and down-skinning.
1st photo - Elk are also using the skin track and hiking trails. 2nd photo above is general terrain showing thin snowpack and some drifting.
6-8" of snow (see photo below). Solar aspects were damp in places and formed a light crust. Wind exposed areas had a bit of structure making travel easier (e.g., not inking to the ground). Some drifts up to 18" deep on the ridge tops. Snow in sheltered, shady aspects is weak and faceting.
None at this point, hard to say if there is even enough snow in start zones to form a future problem.
I utilized the hiking trail in places.Close