I can see some snow up on Longs/Storm Peak from my place. Way up high is still cloudy. Almost the entire divide is covered in clouds. Just keeping my fingers crossed that this wet pattern continues into late fall/winter.
It's sticking around high up here in Breck which has me worried. . Also Tahoe is getting hit right now.
??? I gotta ask the stoopid noob question on this one??? I thought "Early Snow" was a Good thing? Based on BA's & AcroPhile's comments, I presume If it's too much, too early, it creates or can become a dangerous (unstable?) base layer later? ..and if so, since it's the bottom most layer, has the potential to produce bigger, more massive avalanches with the entire later snowpack on top?
You're only Young Once,.. but you can be Immature FOREVER!
The early snow thing is such a huge problem for both the backcountry rider and resort operator. A-Basin miscalculated it last year and had patrons get caught in a slide in late April. The culprit was snow from October. Persistant weak layers form at this time of year that haunt you all season. I guess that is why they call them "persistent".
Every year we have it to some degree but last season was especially scary and deadly.