It was a complex weather day. First, I experienced blue skies with warm sun, then moderate to heavy snowfall, and back to sun again in just a few hours. Winds were calm below ridgeline.
One small dry-loose avalanche ran in very steep terrain near Rat Creek.
Unfortunately, the warm, dry weather earlier in the winter has melted out lower elevations making access to higher terrain with a more robust snowpack difficult and lengthy. I was surprised to find a couple of inches of snow in the valley and had planned to venture into the Icicle Ridge area to look at snow totals and any recent wind loading or wind slab avalanches.
The dusting of snow thwarted my plans, made trail travel slippery and slow, and the moody weather kept the higher peaks shrouded in clouds. Observations were challenging to come by, although I caught a glimpse of a small dry loose avalanche in the Rat Creek area. The day reminded me of a first Fall snowstorm.