Observations – Front Range – Ptarmigan & The Wedge
Obvious signs of instability:
- Sunny with temps in the lower 20s and generally light winds.
- Hard, icy, and slide-for-life melt-freeze crust below ~3500′
- Dry and soft snow above ~3500′ (more variable in the Ptarmigan north couloir than the SW face, couloir, and gully on The Wedge)
A fine Sunday in the Church of the Front Range provided more great lemonade.
To ski the upper west face of The Wedge requires excellent stability and very low avalanche danger.
Most of the above photos are courtesy of Randoist Brian Harder. Check out his site: SkiMo Life.