Just posted this up in the backcountry forum. I am going to merge these threads there.
Having just lost a friend to an avalanche this year, this one is just a little too soon. For what ever reason people are pushing it this season. They were getting away with it in December. The dragon is now beginning to make it's presence known. With more snow on the horizon, it is only going to get more touchy. Respect it, please.
Vibes to the friends and family.