Riding has become limited with challenging snow surfaces and the lack of fresh snow. Most exposed terrain consists of firm, smooth wind board, breakable crust and both soft and hardened sastrugi. “Slide for life” conditions, thin snow cover and potential for hitting obstacles are the biggest hazards right now. The snowpack is extremely variable both in depth and structure across the forecast zone, so every drainage and mountain should be assessed for what is going on in your specific area. Violent winds will continue to impact the mountains Tuesday making for unpleasant conditions. These SW winds combined with slight chance of snow flurries could produce erratic loading patterns and potential releasing of panels of snow or spindrift in complex terrain. Be particularly aware if you’re travelling in gullies or chutes that can funnel cascading snow.