Warm, grey and humid in most of the Rockies and Columbia Mountains either at present or sometime today. A bit of snow and rain has fallen overnight according to the few weather stations still up and reporting. From the limited reports it looks like it has been fairly calm in the past 24 hrs most places with some moderate to strong winds from the SW along the Rockies Divide.
Currently in the Rockies good skiing can be found above 2100m with a supportive base, not a lot of wind effect and good travel conditions. Below 2100m the snowpack tapers quickly and access down low is still very thin. There are several ice crusts present in the lower snowpack including the prominent Nov 12 crust. These are not a problem yet but will be worth watching in the future to see how they behave. The cooler wetter conditions this summer have left the glaciers in a bit better condition than some recent years.
After a pretty fine early start to winter it is feeling like the autumn doldrums have set in. Warm enough to rock climb in the sun in very specific places and times, bits of climbable ice and mediocre skiing in high shady places. But generally it is a good day to go to a Remembrance day event and stretch the limbs for when it gets good again.
Warm weather over the last couple of days in the Rockies has put a hamper on any waterfall ice climbing potential. Some climbs way up in the alpine may survive the heat but overall most climbs are not in. In fact on the front ranges it's been great rock climbing conditions. For those venturing into the bigger mountains to ski and climb, there is roughly 60-70cm at tree line near the divide and about 100cm in the alpine. Some wind events from the past few days have reduced the ski quality and added isolated windslabs to the problem list.
Perhaps because of the cold, grey weather and scattered snowfalls there is even less reports than usual for this time of year. After some sleuthing this morning it sure seems like we have had a recent avalanche cycle in the big mountains and that may continue over the weekend. Lots of September/October snowfalls and some recent high winds so it shouldn't be a big surprise.