Observation May 15
Got an early start this morning and headed up to Mount Baldy. Skied the "Little Chute" at 10:30 which was just in time warming wise and it actually skied quite well for this time of year. There was evidence of some wet activity just about everywhere from the warm temps the day before but all slides seen today were in the class 1 catagory. By 11 the lower north facing hills of Alta were wet, hard to move, mush.
The avalanche danger today was totally in the LOW catagory. By mid afternoon it reached the MODERATE catagory. Tonight will be the last good refreeze, so get out early tomorrow and GO BIG OR GO HOME. After Sunday night the overnight temps are not going to be low enough for decent refreezes, meaning we might just get our spring wet cycle. The avalanche danger is going to get into the CONSIDERIBLE catagory by Monday/Tuesday afternoon/s if the current weather forecast pans out. Places such as Gobblers Knob (Cabin Run), Mineral Fork (Room of Doom), Park City (Scotts Bowl) and other mid elevation northerly facing slopes (between 8,000 and 10,000 feet) are places to be on the look out for huge/wet spring avalanches this time of year. In the mean time keep your fingers/skis crossed for cooler temps.
The 1st picture is of the Little Chute off of Mount Baldy