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.
An avalanche cycle is expected to begin on Tuesday. Skiers should be choosing conservative terrain. Ice-climbers should be picking routes with no over-head hazard.
Up to 15 cm of storm snow overlays well developed surface hoar, faceted snow, and sun-crusts on steep south aspects. Strong SW winds have formed fresh windslabs in alpine and tree-line locations. The mid and lower pack is generally weak and facetted. Snow depths range from 40-60 cm at tree-line and up to 90 cm in deeper alpine locations.
Ski hills reported several small (size 1) ski-cut or explosive triggered wind-slab avalanches on Monday.