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  1. May 9, 2015 Spring Shed in full force
    Wet slabs are releasing. In the past few days several D2-2.5 slabs have been seen:
    27 Mile Peak; south aspect ~4800′ (same fx line and area that released in Christmas storm)
    Odyssey; northwest aspect ~3700′ (point release triggered slabs mid path)
    Loveland; south-southeast aspect ~4200′ (to ground)
    Snowslide Gulch; northeast aspect ~3400′ (triggered by dirty wet loose from south aspect)
    Mt. Heidi (across Lowed River from 10 Mile); northwest aspect ~4700′ (D2)

    Last week’s high northern powder is hard to get to and now a lot warmer. At Thompson Pass 2678′, it has been freezing a 5-10cm crust at night, beneath that, most of the snow is isothermal up to about 4000′, more so on south and west aspects.
    This seems to be the in-between stage between the last of spring powder/corn cycle and summer-firn snow. If you have a few more mountain snow adventures, plan to be off the snow before it warms and falls apart.

  2. Sunday May 3 Loveland-Tone’s Temple
    clear, visibility +100 miles, -0.5 top of Tone’s at 2:30pm, light north wind
    Snow did not freeze as hard overnight as it had for the last week. Snow below 3000′ AND on steep solar aspects was isothermal mush by 12:30pm. By 3pm many south aspects were releasing natural wet loose avalanches to size D2.5, several were gauging to dirt, producing dirty slides. Skiers were able to push and get ski width and more moving, gauging in as much as 75cm. Deep wet slab activity was spotted on solar aspects above the Tsaina Valley, triggered by wet loose, gauging to ground. 27 Mile Glacier dropped icefall sometime in the last 24 hours. True North upper elevations still hold some shadowed powder, but all other aspects have a crusty hodge podge of texture. +6C at 2600′ 3:30pm.

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