I don't see where I stated I was poaching the run... Yes there was snow on the ground previous to that day, though thin coverage. It was still a very skier compacted base. From previous poachers and ski patrol doing their diligent work. Avalanche danger, though I didn't bother to dig a pit since I wasn't poaching that run under the chairlift, was pretty damn low. For avalanche danger your prime zone is between 30 and 45 degrees. 38 being the bullseye. Was it over 30 degrees would have been a better more accurate question. Congrats, you've shown you know a little bit about avalanche hazards. I would say it was right around the 30 degree zone with a short slope that was over 30. The runs funnelled right down to open runs so if there was any significant avalanche hazard you wouldn't be able to ski under them. Again, not my decision to go there, but when you are riding a chairlift it's pretty easy to observe.
I spend about 30-40 days riding in the backcountry in Colorado btw.
Thanks for the compliment, I never questioned whether or not you were poaching. I asked about the areas amount of new snow and early season conditions.
I have spent 24 years doing avalanche control work, was a snow safety director at 2 different Class-A avalanche areas and am currently the Ski Patrol Director at a Class-A avalanche area, I along with some others developed the Snow Safety plan for that area. BTW.