New snow and strong SW winds have built variable wind slabs in open areas above treeline. These slabs are sitting on the weak, faceted snow that was previously on the surface and as a result can run further than expected when triggered.
Watch for surface cracking and stiffer surface layers of snow.Use caution in lee areas. Recent wind loading has created wind slabs.
Aspects: North, North East, East, South East, North West.
Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.
Expected Size1 - 2
If triggered on their own, loose dry avalanches that are smaller in size can be initiated in steep terrain. If triggered by a wind slab, much larger avalanches that can run far are possible as they entrains facets on the way down.
Good group management is essential to manage current conditions safely.Use caution above cliffs and terrain traps where small avalanches may have severe consequences.
Aspects: All aspects.
Elevations: All elevations.