SNOWPACK REPORT: Spring is Here

By on March 26, 2013

On March 20th the vernal equinox transitioned us into spring. Now the strong sun rises high in the sky and quickly changes perfect powder to melted snow. As the winter season came to an end, we were surprised with cold temperatures and good powder skiing. Last week’s storm deposited more than thirty inches of snowfall in the Tetons. The storm loaded icy slopes initially with cold snow, which then warmed, topping it with heavier snow. Natural and skier triggered avalanches paths slid during and after the storm, leaving behind crowns over a foot in depth. These new surface slabs slid easily on the hard crust, but most importantly the skiing greatly improved. Always keep in mind warming temperatures cause slopes to become more sensitive, and exposed terrain remains the most hazardous. So where the snow has not slid, a surface slab may be lingering.

While we roll into spring and the final weeks of the ski area, any winter storm is well received. Last week’s snow fall changed icy, undesired conditions to soft, fun skiing, within forty-eight hours. Many years the season’s greatest snowfall is during the spring; but when it does not snow, respect spring etiquette. Try not to ski wet snow because it is more dangerous, it is not as fun, and it ruins future corn skiing. And we all know corn skiing may be as good as powder skiing. It just depends who you ask.


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