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Comment Archives: Locations: Outdoors: National Forests

Re: “Mission Mountains Wilderness

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 14TH:
This is a public observation from missoulaavalanche.org for Tuesday, April 9th on the Sheepshead SW face and McDonald Peak:

"Sunny, calm, cold – lows in teens, highs in mid-30s. 0-3" new snow.

"I did not dig a pit. Newer snow amounts above 7,000′ were: 3″ of light new snow, 8″ of settled snow from Friday – Sunday. All this sat on a stout crust from the warm spell. The new snow had bonded extremely well to the old crust on all aspects below 8,500′, and adequately above that.

"I was seeing some cracking around switchbacks. Hand pits on all aspects showed some clean shears within the new snow (up to 8″ deep), and I was able to ski cut out some 6″ slabs in starting zones. The range had gone through a moderate avalanche cycle late last week, with some of the big faces putting down impressive piles of wet avalanche debris. Since the cool off on sunday, avalanche activity was limited to sluffing in the new snow.

"I felt comfortable skiing pretty much everything, but headed out a few hours early to avoid wet slides late in the day.

"It is also worth noting that avalanche conditions have been consistently in the moderate range over the past week – I turned around on Castle crag (Bitterroot – Sheafman creek) on Saturday 4/6 due to unanticipated fresh wind slabs to 1.5′ in depth, and on Sunday 4/7, my partner triggered a 6″ slab which propogated wall-to-wall in the Eagle chute (Rattlesnake – north aspect, 45 degrees, 7,500′, north of Stuart peak)."

Thanks Brian Story!

Posted by Jessica Murri on 04/14/2013 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Rendezvous Ski Trails

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 7TH:
Trails have not been groomed since March 29th. It's currently 31 degrees and cloudy with winds at 9 mph.

Posted by Jessica Murri on 04/07/2013 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Rendezvous Ski Trails

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 31ST:
Warm spring conditions, crust cruising in the basin is quite good. Rendezvous, Dead Dog, and Deja View were groomed, skate and classic, on Friday evening. It's currently 16 degrees and mostly sunny with calm winds.

Posted by Jessica Murri on 03/31/2013 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Mission Mountains Wilderness

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 31ST:
This is a public observation from missoulaavalanche.org for Thursday, March 28th on the Northwest side of McDonald Peak in the Missions:

"Light rain below 7000', snowing heavily at times above, warm everywhere. Minimal wind. 0-3 inches of new snow.

"All of the following ioccurred on north and northwest aspects. Snow below 7000′ had not refrozen the night before, and was heavily saturated and sticky. We were seeing pinwheels up to 3 feet tall. There was alot of point release debris, and many gullies had discharged considerable amounts of material. It was easy to trigger small wet slides, particularly on the descent. Only the top 3″ or so of snow was sliding. Above 7000′, the snow was consolidated, seemed stable, and was quite pleasant. During the periods of heavy snow, very steep (>70 degree) slopes above us were failing with some big and raucous point releases. We stayed out from under these areas. We did not dig a pit."

Thanks Doug Brinkerhoff!

Posted by Jessica Murri on 03/31/2013 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Rattlesnake National Recreation Area

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 24th:
Today's high is 35 degrees in the Rattlesnake with a 20% chance of snow in the morning, and mostly cloudy after that. Still no grooming. There's a chance of rain and snow for the rest of the week.

Posted by Jessica Murri on 03/24/2013 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Rendezvous Ski Trails

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 24th:
There was no new snow on Saturday morning and Rendezvous, Dead Dog, Deja View, Spirit Loop, Drewski, Washburn, Jerry's, the Doodle, Biathlon Range, and Kid's loop were al groomed. Skiing will be fast on machine-tilled fresh snow, both skate and classic. Trails are maintained with a piston bully on the weekends and a snowmobile for touch-ups over the week. The riverside and boundary were also groomed yesterday. It's currently -21 degrees and partly sunny with a northwest wind at 17 mph.

Posted by Jessica Murri on 03/24/2013 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Pattee Canyon Recreation Area

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 17TH:
Grooming for the season is pretty much over here. Trails were last groomed on Thursday, March 7th. Only a quarter inch of new snow fell last Monday. Skiing is still pretty good though, so enjoy it while it lasts!

Posted by Jessica Murri on 03/17/2013 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Rattlesnake National Recreation Area

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 17TH:
It's currently partly cloudy and 30 degrees with winds at 7 mph. Today's high is 35 degrees with a 100% chance of snow showers and winds at 15 to 25 mph, with gusts around 40 mph. Rain and snow is in the forecast for the rest of the week. Rattlesnake has not been groomed in a few weeks due to poor conditions.

Posted by Jessica Murri on 03/17/2013 at 8:40 AM

Re: “Rendezvous Ski Trails

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 17TH:
Snow conditions are warm, wet, and spring-like. Rendezvous and Deja View trails were groomed yesterday, for both skate and classic. It's currently 26 degrees with intermittent clouds and wind at 13 mph. By the way, bear tracks have been spotted on the in and out trail on Rendezvous and near the south fork of the Madison River. Consider carrying bear spray.

Posted by Jessica Murri on 03/17/2013 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Rattlesnake National Recreation Area

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 3RD:
Currently snowing lightly with a temperature of 36 degrees and winds around 21 mph. There's a chance of rain and snow throughout the week.

Posted by Jessica Murri on 03/03/2013 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Rendezvous Ski Trails

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 3RD:
Rendezvous, Dead Dog, Biathlon Range, Deja View, Volunteer, Jerry's, the Doodle, 22 short, Drewski, Spencer's, Washburn and the Kids n Snow trails have been groomed this morning. Tracks for skate and classic have been set. It's currently 29 degrees and cloudy with winds at 12 mph.

Posted by Jessica Murri on 03/03/2013 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Pattee Canyon Recreation Area

SNOW REPORTFOR SUNDAY, MARCH 3RD:
Observations according to Missoula Nordic Ski Club.

On Wednesday, conditions were firm and fast. Earlier in the week, only a few patches of ice on the North side. Pattee was groomed and tracks set last Sunday.

Posted by Jessica Murri on 03/03/2013 at 8:25 AM

Re: “Pattee Canyon Recreation Area

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH:
Observations according to Missoula Nordic Ski Club.

"About a half inch of freshly groomed snow (both sides) on Saturday, Feb. 23dr. Conditions are really nice but a tad slow.

"Grooming schedule: Since the forecast is for snow showers for the next several days, predicting what grooming will be necessary on which day is difficult. The groomer will hit it on both Sat & Sun mornings, and then it will be done as needed during next week. New tracks will be set when the snow accumulation allows."

Posted by Jessica Murri on 02/24/2013 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Rattlesnake National Recreation Area

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH:
Today will be mostly cloudy with a high of 35 and winds blowing at 15 mph. Expecting snow for the rest of the week.

Posted by Jessica Murri on 02/24/2013 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Pattee Canyon Recreation Area

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH:
Observations according to Missoula Nordic Club.

Skate lanes on north and south sides were touched up yesterday. It was effective to knock down the frozen ridges, leaving a nice skating surface. The conditions are getting to be concerning, warmth, lack of precip, and deminishing snow pack. Hopefully colder temps and snow arrive soon. North side is packed down and icy.

Posted by Jessica Murri on 02/17/2013 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Pattee Canyon Recreation Area

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10th:
Observations according to Missoula Nordic Ski Club.

Meadow loop is skiing fairly well in Pattee, but the conditions are certainly demanding for your balance. It is snowing as I type. Coverage is still very good in Pattee and an inch of snow will make a world of difference. Picnic loop and Meadow got groomed Saturday morning. They were fast and skiable. North side hill, south side and downhills had scary blue ice in places. Not groomed so skate marks trip you up.

Posted by Jessica Murri on 02/10/2013 at 9:21 AM

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