The springtime melt-freeze cycle continues today. The snowpack was locked up tight by last nights freeze. Riding conditions will initially be poor and avalanche concerns exceedingly minor this morning. As the snow surface softens, the riding conditions will improve. As melt penetrates more than a couples inches, riding conditions will deteriorate, and Loose Wet avalanches will become a concern. This will happen earliest on east facing slopes and later on west facing slopes (but may progress further). Any avalanches today should be small, but could still cause you trouble in just the wrong piece of terrain. Pay close attention to the extent of melt and be ready to move onto shadier or lower angled slopes.
Today marks the end of the 2016-2017 backcountry zone forecast season. I want to especially thank all of you who submitted observations this year. Your observations are hugely appreciated and are a critical part of the forecasting progress. I hope you've had a great season so far, and continue to have a fun, safe spring.
Starting this afternoon, we will issue statewide avalanche summaries each Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday through the end of May. Zone weather forecasts will be issued twice daily until the end of April.