Snowpack Summary for 5/1/2018

Snowpack Summary published on May 1, 2018 @ 5:35 am
Issued by Gabe Coler

bottom line:

April is the last month with regular Professional Observations and Snowpack Summaries. With new roads and trail-heads opening up skiing is far from over and folks will be heading into the alpine more often. Avalanches still occur in the spring months. I'm sure there will continue to be observations posted to the site, so still check in or utilize our "short form" to easily post conditions or recent avalanche activity. Thanks to everyone for a great winter season!

Snowpack Discussion

Spring in the central OR mountains is typified by warm sunny days, windy wet storms and a little of everything in between. With no persistent weak layers in our snowpack, our avalanche types will be typified by the direct action avalanches that this weather generates. Those warm sunny days melt the snow and lead to Loose Wet avalanches. Similarly spring storms can drop enough snow that wind slabs can again become a problem. I tend to give Cornices plenty of space this time of year.


This snowpack summary applies only to backcountry areas. Click here for a map of the area. This snowpack summary describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.

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