and typically unless you're a weekend warrior who can't pick there days noone really rides in the rain but it does solidify the snowpack as it always returns to a below freezing cycle after the front part of an unstable storm pushes in (the warm & wet)
Had a rain day at Fernie last year. It snowed 4 feet on the thursday, rained on saturday so we slogged through it, then had a great day on sunday...
what you experienced is a function of temperature gradient thru elevation. higher = colder.
Thanks professor!!! lol
Yeah my thoughts were heavy snow would create more of a load on the slope and increase the avalanche/mudslide risk? Anyway, that's a whole other topic for a whole other day. I know avalanches have more to do with distinct layers in the snow, created by hoarfrost and other factors.