Small wet avalanches should be the only avalanche problem today. These avalanches should be relatively easy to avoid by staying ahead of the sun. Start early on east-facing aspects and move west as the sun tracks across the sky. If you see small wet avalanches, roller balls, or pinwheels it is time to move to a cooler aspect. You can test the snow stability by stepping off your skis, board, or machine. If you sink deeper than about the top of your boots, larger and more dangerous avalanches are possible. If you encounter these deteriorating surface conditions, you should find a safe way off sunny slopes as quickly as possible. Pay attention to changing surface conditions or just plan to be off the snow before it gets too warm.
This is our 144th and final backcountry zone avalanche forecast for the 2016-17 season. Starting this afternoon, we will issue statewide avalanche summaries each Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday through the end of May.
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