Recent snow in the alpine has been redistributed by strong westerly wind. Use caution in lee terrain features adjacent to ridges, where deposits may be most reactive.
Use small slopes without consequence to test the bond of the new snow.Expect conditions to change rapidly with aspect and elevation.Be careful with wind-loaded pockets, especially near ridge crests.
Aspects: North, North East, East.
Expected Size1 - 2
The recent snow will moisten quickly on southerly aspects under sunny skies. Loose wet avalanches can become dangerous quickly, so use added caution when the sun is out and during the heat of the day.
Cornices become weak with daytime warming; travel early before the day heats up.Avoid sun-exposed slopes when solar radiation is strong, especially if the snow is moist or wet.Avoid terrain traps such as cliffs and gullies that increase the consequence of small avalanches.
Aspects: East, South East, South, South West, West.
Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.