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Out for a quick ski up Rescue Creek today. Old uncohesive powder was holding together well in wind-protected and shaded northerly pockets, with refrozen crusts everywhere else... and anything that recieved even a touch of sun was getting sloppy quick. Each of the south-facing chutes as well as the main paths off of Penrose's east face had loose wet avalanche debris left over from yesterday's warm-up (photo). At noon-on-the-dot the first of the wet-loose avalanches began tumbling down the southern aspect, and they continued every few minutes for the remainder of the time we were out (until ~1:30pm). Most of the loose-wet avalanches were D.5-D1 in size with the exception of a D2 roaring out of one of the tubes on the eastern end of the drainage. After seeing that and noticing a few rollerballs in the northerly pockets, we opted to ski while the skiing was still good and headed out.
Also of note, thank you to the kind group of skiers who patiently waited for our party to cross into a safe zone before skiing down from above!
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