I am not sure when this one ran. The edge of the crown was much sharper and fresher than those of the two D3 slides that probably ran early this week. I did not notice it up-bound, but may have missed it in the dark
There were 25 mph NW winds for several hours this morning that moved quite a bit of snow around, but mostly above 6500'. In the early morning it was cold and clear and the mtn was very icy. Above 6,000' there was thick hard ice that was sometimes covered by scoured wind slabs from 1-8" deep . The wind appears to have moved 2-3 inches of snow on the upper slopes today. By mid-day, the top 2-3 inches of snow formed a firm crust that easily easily slid downslope if it was cur free from the surrounding snow. Skiers did not trigger any avalanches traveling through these areas. By late afternoon, spring snow conditions were dominant below 6500'. At higher elevations the snow softened in the sun, but stayed as ice with patchy wind slabs.