Ha! I could have told you today was going to be a good day. Spent the day at Bert on Saturday and it was excellent. Snowing off and on all day and around 4" received while I was there.
On a side note, I did some digging around. There is a rather large slab about mid snow pack. It thick and strong, but sitting upon a house of cards. Maybe 2-3 feet down depending on where you are at. Find a weak spot in that thing and if it has room to run, you're dead. No airbag, avalung, beacon, is going to save your ass.
Did an ECT got an easy failure on the storm slab at 4 from the wrist. Last weeks storm snow/wind slab went at 10 from the arm and almost propagated across the block. I could not get the slab to move.
What scares me is that the wind slab layer is getting loaded and is showing some energy. With more snow, it is going to have more energy. Get that to pop, it'll go wide, add enough load from that avalanche and that big thick slab just may go. Then you are taking out full grown mature trees. Anyone who goes for a ride in that is done.
Of course, my observations were from one aspect, well below treeline and protected. I am not bothering with the alpine. Ymmv, but I suspect a similar set up is all over the Front Range/Summit county-Vail zones.
I usually read and pay attention to the avy info you and others post here. Mostly cuz I don't know squat about the subject. With that in mind,..
I wanted to ask,.. For someone considering a trip west and planning on doing ONLY
Inbounds riding? For the sake of safety, for anyone not used to, or making their first visit to these CO. or other western resorts,.. do you think that person should take some sort of basic avy course/training before or soon after arrival? (...Not knowing anything at all about the layout of runs or terrain for any of these places.) I was just wondering if it is relatively easy
to get oneself in trouble even when basically trying to stick to marked trails or maybe hitting POW stashes on the margins of said trails?
I know I have read that "inbound" avy's Do happen, but that also seems like a rare or highly unusual occurrence.(?) Yes, no?
...This just seemed like a pertinent question considering the level of danger that seems to be present out your way this season.