SW Gulch & Valley


SW Gulch Area weekend report, Saturday April 16th and Sunday April 17th. Precipitation over the weekend and very warm sunny days kept us off alpine slopes and sticking to mellow terrain. 5-10cm of new snow Friday overnight into Saturday followed by 8+ degrees and sun on Saturday. Rain overnight Saturday into Sunday with 5+ degrees and sun on Sunday. We observed natural wet avalanches mainly point releases from rocks and cornice failures on Saturday and Sunday. Surface snow was wet and saturated down 30cm+ in areas. What turns we did get were heavy and hard. Note:this report is for general region. Avalanches observed all along the valley from SW Hut to Fries and Gravy line.

Snow conditions were: Wet. Weather conditions were: Sunny, Warm. We rode: Mellow slopes. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Convex slopes, Steep slopes. Riding quality was ok.

Avalache Conditions: Slab avalanches today or yesterday. 30cm + of new snow, or significant drifitng, or rain in the last 48 hours. Rapid temperature rise to near zero degrees or wet surface snow.