Stability headed toward poor on steep south-facing slopes at middle and lower elevation. A weak freeze last night and hot temps already this morning had weakened crusts by noon. I was sinking through wet snow to the ground on steep sunny slopes. Stability remained good to very good on shaded slopes which showed little ill effect from the warmups of the last couple of weeks.
Cloudy this morning, then sunny and then cloudy... etc. Very warm in areas with calm wind and prolonged sun.
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Warm Springs Rd
There isn't a lot of steep, rocky, S-facing terrain out Warm Springs, and what terrain there is was worked over or burned to dirt in many locations out to about Placer Ck. Overall, not much wet avalanche activity from the past two warm-ups.
Sunny Low/Middle Elevations:
Mostly bare until about Placer Ck. Then variable snow depths averaging 50-70 cm. I found a 20-30 cm melt-freeze crust that was quickly softening. Beneath the crust I found wet snow to the ground. Boot pen to inseam. Tough/stupid off trail riding conditions by 1PM.
Shaded Low/Middle Elevations:
Upper half of the snowpack has consolidated/settled and strengthened considerably in the last couple of weeks. Melt-freeze crust at the surface was only a few cm thick and the snowpack was dry. Weak, dry, facets haven't gone away and still sit near the base of the snowpack.
Tracks in avalanche paths on E shots off Dollarhide, NW shots just past the winter TH, and highmarks in bowls out the W. Fork of Placer Ck. with no results.
Comments: Not quite a problem when I was out but headed quickly in that direction as long as the sun stayed out. Rose shaded where I anticipated a problem.
Travel in soggy wet snow was self-limiting so easy to avoid. I would have skied steep slopes with cooler snow.