Went for a quick tour up Rock Creek to look at reported wet loose avlanches from the past 48 hours and found none. There have been plenty of roller balls, some large, and plenty of previous wet snow instability from rain on 3/14. No evidence of wet snow instability in this area today.
Increasing clouds throughout the day. A cool breeze kept the surface snow from becoming wet.
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Red Mountain E Face
Below 8000′ around the entrance to Rock Creek a rain crust is making travel conditions difficult. Today this was lees of an issue in the afternoon as the snow warmed up.
At 9400′ on a neutral aspect the surface was intermittent wind and melt freeze crusts over decomposing and fragmented precipitation particles from the last strom. Ski pen. was 0-5cm. Boot pen was 25cm. HS was 310cm. The late february surface was down 145cm.
It seems like there are two options for good riding right now: Strong solar snow that is going through a melt-freeze cycle, and higher elevation north, which probably still holds soft snow.