Light winds blowing from the SE. Temperatures in the mid-30's F. Sunny skies and pleasant spring-like conditions. Cloud deck around 3000ft with valley fog below.
No new avalanches
Very firm and supportable surfaces all aspects and elevations. Slick icy conditions especially in the morning. Snow surfaces below 6000ft began to soften around 11:30am on steeper S-SE aspects in direct sun. Surfaces on E-S-W aspects have experienced several melt-freeze cycles and are smooth - old rain rills are hard to see. Still easy to slip and fall, but surfaces are much less treacherous below 6000ft than above. Several ridges are melted out to dirt. Wind has blown dirt onto nearby snow surfaces increasing the rate of snowmelt. Rockfall was probably the greatest hazard of the day while traveling below melted out ridges. The January dry spell has really taken a toll on the snowpack and many creeks have reopened. There were still a few solid snow bridges in White River Canyon through. With good timing it was possible to score nice corn turns Tuesday. The best turns were on steeper SE-S-SW aspects below 7000ft between 12:30-3:30pm.