Colder temperatures have returned bringing a halt to our wet avalanches concerns. Across the zone some 4 to 6 inches of new snow fell since Thursday evening. The new snow came with winds shifting from southwest to north. Wind speeds were ideal to drift the new snow onto southerly facing slopes. The new snow had some high water content, which combined with the northerly winds, created ideal slab building conditions.
The below treeline elevation band had a good freeze, so no issues there, but the near treeline elevation band is a bit trickier, as riders could find some isolated small Wind Slab avalanches in steep, lee terrain features like couloirs, and cross loaded open slopes. These should be small enough to manage, unless terrain features like cliffs and rock outcrops come into play.
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