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We’re done skiing for the year (a bit earlier than usual due to the warm weather), but we still get alerts from the local avalanche experts and there are clearly strange things going on up there. The recent wet, heavy snowfall in the mountains has combined with more warm weather to produce some of the most unusual (and dangerous) conditions as detailed below:

Last year at this time we were still going back and forth to the mountains and they kept the local ski area open a week longer than normal (until mid-April). This year, it’s already become, basically, unusable due to spring conditions and, more recently, avalanche danger.

Of course, the good news about the unusually warm weather is that people are out doing summer activities much earlier than normal.