SPC: North Pole
Expect sunshine in the morning with scattered clouds and gusty winds in the afternoon and highs in the upper 20s to low 30s.
Persistent Slab: Large to very large possible on all aspects and elevations
It is getting harder to trigger avalanches but if you do trigger an avalanche it can break widely and deeply.
Limit skiing to a small terrain selection assessed as having acceptable risk until the situation has clearly changed. New evidence continues to be gathered and monitored for changing conditions, but new terrain is only considered for opening if there is compelling evidence to do so (for example if an avalanche was observed that definitely removed the layer of concern).
Entrenchment mode is a successful operating strategy for persistent slab instabilities.Establish a limited base of acceptable operating terrain and be disciplined to operate only within that designated terrain as long as necessary for the persistent instability to run its course. Expect this to take longer than anticipated and do not step out into new terrain prematurely. Plan to maintain this discipline beyond the time when all evidence seems to indicate that the persistent instability is no longer a concern.
When dealing with persistent instabilities, discipline is more likely to be successful than cleverness –it is better to wait out the instability than to try to outsmart it.
Snowcat to North Soda pickup. Skied 2x in North Pole
AM Obs: CLR, Mod W wind, 15F @ Tower
PM Obs: OVC, Mod/Strong W wind, 23F @ Tower
HS 240-300cm, HN24 0cm
Storm snow has settled. Wind was moving lots of snow around creating features and affecting the snow surface.
HS 240-300cm, HN24 0cm. Storm snow settled but still soft on upper N facing terrain (North Pole zone). Wind was moving lots of snow around creating features and affecting the snow surface.