South Fork – Eagle Lake & Lower Cantata area:
Obvious signs of instability (red flags):
- Recent D1-D2 loose wet avalanches on solar aspects (generally starting as point releases from steep, rocky terrain – some entrained a lot of snow and ran over 2000′)
- Recent D2 persistent slab avalanches (primarily on wind loaded, unsupported upper elevation terrain features)
- Small, subtle collapses 4000-4500′ westerly aspect (same area as last weekend but smaller and more subtle)
- Partly cloudy to obscured skies with some very light passing snow showers, sunny breaks, and generally light SE wind
- Stout melt-freeze crust in the South Fork Valley and on solar aspects (softening limited due to cloud cover and breeze). Isolated thin, vegetated areas becoming rotten and unsupportable by evening.
- Boot-top deep, medium density, settled powder on northerly aspects (moderate sluffing)