May 12, 2023
May 13, 2023
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Made the trek up to Ritter. Awesome terrain. The top still had some firm winter-like, wind affected snow, and lower down the sun was baking the snow. There were numerous new avalanches on all aspects as I believe this was the first substantial warm up at that elevation after the new snow that feel last week. Things were quite mushy past 12am below 12k.
A D1 wet loose went next to us around 1120 on 5/11 as we skied a NE aspect at ~11400ft.
Have fun out there and be safe in these warm temps. The upper elevations are in their transition phase still.
Did you observe any avalanches? Yes
Size 2: Could bury, injure, or kill a person
Glide avalanche happened between 5/11 at 1200 and 5/12 at 1200. Large new debris pile and quite the terrain trap of an open creek below it. Can still make it through the gap but there is still some overhead hazard lingering. There had been a previous debris pile that had started to develop small sun-cupping previous to this.