There has been some electricity in the air amongst the ski community with the huge snow totals of late with nearly 10 inches of snow water equivalent (SWE) and close to 7-8 feet of total snowfall this past weekend. To say the least, the skiing has been phenomenal and the new storm has settled rapidly. Soft deep turns on virtually every aspect has been the norm except for high elevation wind shorn terrain. The magnitude of the storm helped clean out some of the residual weakness found in shallower areas of the snowpack throughout the eastside where every major drainage, basin, and mountain saw natural avalanche activity during the storm cycle. Nearly every avalanche looked as if it slid mid-storm and most slides were significantly filled in by post-event snowfall. With expected snowfall and moderate winds Friday night, avalanche conditions could elevate to MODERATE and even CONSIDERABLE in the mid to upper elevations if snow totals with continued southerly winds exceed expectations tonight. Do some homework on weather and snow totals if your planning on getting out super early Saturday morning.
SKIING WITH A BUDDY is still highly recommended in regards to deep snow immersion. Falling headfirst in a tree well right now could be very hazardous. The key thing is to have a partner first who could help you get out, and not to panic, try to maintain a good airway to breath, and slowly dig yourself out in a planned concerted effort.