The snowpack in this area is heavily weathered by sun and wind. I did not observe any avalanche problems. Morning clouds and breezy wind kept the snow from turning to complete mush (at least before about 1 PM). Skies cleared a bit after I left, and I'd expect that the possibility for wet loose avalanches was certainly there on very steep, sheltered slopes that directly face the sun.
Clouds increased mid-morning and then decreased again in the early afternoon. Wind was cranking out of the NW at a steady moderate with strong to extreme gusts. Most of the wind was felt along the divide but swirling wind did mix into lower drainages as well. Large plates of sun crusts were being peeled of exposed terrain at times, that was the only "snow available for transport" in this region.
There was a general lack of recent wet loose activity in the Warm Springs Drainage. Many of the "prime" sunnier slopes for this type of activity already ran or were burned to dirt.
Overall snow totals increase as you approach the divide. All sun-exposed slopes have a crust. All lower elevations (including shaded) have a temperature or sun crust. Many of these crusts were already softening by mid-morning. I was hip-deep in moist to wet snow at times at middle elevation. I assume most sunny middle and low elevations were soft or glop by early afternoon.
Climbing in elevation, there were few places that have escaped the barrage of wind events over the past couple of months. There is very little non-wind affected, crust free snow to be found.
I did not close any terrain.Close