May 1, 2023
May 2, 2023
Zone or Region:
Jughandle north face and lower bowl behind Louis Lake
Did you trigger any avalanches? Yes
Was it intentional? No
Size 2: Could bury, injure, or kill a person
Our agreed turn around point was when our kick track started producing roller balls. It did, about 50' elevation below the summit. In fact, the roller balls propagated into a 6" deep wet loose slide that ran downslope a few hundred feet. We knew the warm conditions would be unstable, but we had hoped to get up and down the mountain early before the worst of it. Luckily we were able to ski the slide bed safely.
Did you observe any avalanches? Yes
Size 1: Relatively harmless to people
The weekend had produced a crop of small cornice collapses. We kept our ascent/descent lines a safe distance away from remaining hangfire.
It's still a five mile approach from the Boulder lake road to the upper bowl. The upper bowl approaches an optimum avi angle of 38 degrees. Bt the bowl itself has benign hangfire right now. As does the lower bowl. But I wouldn't go there again with such warm temperatures, or without solid corn snow. My guess is the rest of this week will not be optimum.