I observed some small, fresh, wet loose avalanches in the Smokys, Boulders, and Southern Sawtooths. Today didn't tip the scales toward natural wet activity thanks to a healthy freeze and moderate wind but I imagine we'll be headed that way tomorrow afternoon or Saturday.
Warm and sunny. Moderate SE wind kept wind-exposed middle and upper elevations feeling relatively cool.
S. of Vienna Pk
|D1.5||U||N-Natural||Hard to put a date on these slides but I haven't seen them reported despite being visible from the Pass.|
About 10-15 cm of recent snow sits above a stout crust. The crust was strong (boot supportable) in all but some sheltered, sunny, steep elevation terrain that I traveled through.
I was able to "push" some wet snow with my turns in steep, sheltered, south-facing terrain at about 3 PM, but it never picked up speed or traveled far.
The effect of the wind was drastic, keeping sunny, wind-exposed areas in the "good corn" camp well into the afternoon.
Comments: Some fresh WL activity. Probably present only in wind-sheltered areas. Rose shaded where expected.
I planned to avoid avalanche terrain where I found deeper/punchy wet snow.