Avalanche Forecasts are for use by experienced backcountry travelers in uncontrolled sidecountry and backcountry terrain. These forecasts and conditions do not apply to open, in-bounds terrain at ski resorts, which is subject to avalanche control by local resort ski patrol.
Use extra caution at treeline where surface hoar is more likely to be preserved.
Reports are coming in indicating that this layer is sensitive to human triggers.
Up to 30 cm of recent low density snow could have formed storm slab in the alpine and treeline on terrain features that are above threshold for avalanches. This new snow overlies large surface hoar in sheltered terrain.
At treeline, the height of snow ranges from approximately 60 to 90 cm. Below this elevation, snow height decreases drastically. The snowpack at all elevations is very shallow and contains many potential hazards just beneath the surface.
No recent avalanches have been reported in our region.
Consider supporting your backcountry community by submitting your own observation in a MINreport.