Stay-at-home orders have been lifting around the country in recent weeks and mountain passes are opening up. Avalanche centers have ceased their regular forecasting programs but for many of us, the ‘second season’ of spring corn skiing is full-on. Stable spring corn snow is not without its dangers, though. Enjoy this repost from American Avalanche Institute’s Sarah Carpenter on essential things to be mindful of when venturing into the late season harvest.
A checklist for smart spring skiing decisions
Spring is a challenging time for avalanche forecasting. The season brings warm weather and sunny skies, or fast moving storms with lots of snow. The challenge is to not forget about avalanches as you’re out skiing in the sunshine.
Here’s how I deal with the snowpack in the Tetons, Wyoming USA.
Red flags in a transitional snowpack
Above freezing temperatures
Deep boot penetration
Intense solar gain