Yes! Today was very good, with the new snow on top of the still-dry snow, again in the G zones (this time G8).
And the Patrol's reports of the new slides were not exaggerated. The start zone is much larger, and the debris field extends now well down the valley past the knoll that separates "Middle Fork" from "South Fork" (where the patrol sled is stashed). They said it is 12 feet deep, and I'd say it's at least that. Here are some pictures from today:
Looking down from the beginning of the hike, where the snowcat stops.
And looking up from the same spot at the avalanche start zones, and across to G-8, where we would ski down.
Hiking up because, well, I like this picture! Start zones in the background--and note the closure rope on the left.
Another look down from hike above the Y zones--note how little snow remains after all the sunshine and hot days.
Toward the bottom of the debris field--12 feet deep is no exaggeration!
Looking back up...it would take a jack hammer to cut through those enormous, surreal shapes of snow, set like concrete. I actually tried to ski a little way into the field--it's impossible!
From within the debris field--a little fresh powder on top of car-size blocks of rock-hard snow.
One last look back up.
On a related note, the Aspen Times reports that this extended warm weather stretch has created "unprecedented" avalanche conditions. On south and east-facing slopes, the snow is wet to the ground, "isothermic"--the same temperature all the way through the snow pack--creating these conditions where the whole pack just oozes and tumbles down the mountainside. They've knocked down slides all over Aspen Mountain as well, with much of the lower mountain closed for part of yesterday morning while they did control work. Here's the article from the Aspen Times: March weather, avalanche conditions 'unprecedented' in Aspen.
It's certainly interesting. But despite all this, the skiing remains very good, especially up high and on north-facing exposures. It got warm and soft again this afternoon, so the groomed runs will probably need a little time to soften in the morning. But for those who enjoy a little good firm "loud powder," it's great skiing all day long!