Reported Friday, February 5, 2010 at 6:05 AM
The current danger remains MODERATE
Avalanche Problem #1
We continue have concerns with buried weak layers in the snowpack. Below last week's storm snow lies buried facets and surface hoar, and deeper in the snowpack we still have depth hoar near the ground. These weak layers have not been producing avalanches in the past couple days, but if the right trigger hits the right spot, we could see slab avalanches release.
In the Backcountry
A few inches of snow yesterday combined with winds blowing hard enough to move the snow will have created shallow soft slab avalanches on lee and cross loaded slopes. The winds were blowing from the north-northwest; so east, southeast to south slopes will be the most suspect. The new snow will not add enough of a load to effect the deeper weak layers in the snowpack, however these layers still remain a problem. Areas well below treeline and places where avalanches have previously run are very weak and punchy and could produce avalanches again with the right load.