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Comment Archives: Locations: Outdoors: Peaks

Re: “Sheafman Point

Pretty much snow free as of Memorial Day weekend. Just a few minor patches near the summit.

Posted by Matt Gibson on 06/06/2013 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Bass Peak

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 28th:
This is a public observation from missoulaavalanche.org for Friday, April 19th for the north central Bitterroots. 0-3 inches new snow.

"Remote trigger large wind slab on east/southeast-facing slope in Bass Creek drainage. New snow poorly bonded to old sun/wind crust layers. Long varied crown of slide along beak in slope, width approx. 1500′. Slide traveled downhill about 600′ Glade and trees skiing was good above 7000′ with varied spring snow conditions ranging from zipper crusts to crud."

Thanks, K2.

Posted by Jessica Murri on 04/28/2013 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Canyon Creek

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 14TH:
This is a public observation from missoulaavalanche.org from Tuesday, April 9th.

"25 [degrees] at 4200′ that morning, sunny and rapid warming as the day went on. No wind. 6-12" new snow.

"We toured up Canyon Creek in the Bitterroots quickly realizing our original objective, the south face of canyon proper was going to be too warm and sunny with the unexpected amount new snow. Headed for the NE face of Canyon Peak and dug pit mid way up apron on an NE aspect about 8000′. 10″ new snow failed ECT1 Q2. All aspects except due north heavily affected by sun with a weak unconsolidated slab. Bailed on Canyon proper and headed for a true north facing, less exposed run off of North Canyon Peak. As seen in the photo, an E and SE slope across the basin had evidence of large and recent point release avalanches. Skied the north facing run. The snow was cold, deep, and stable."

Thanks Blake Votilla!

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

Re: “Chief Joseph Pass

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 7TH:
Grooming for Chief Joseph Pass is done for the season. Today there's a 90% chance of snow with a high of 42 degrees. Winds are at 11 to 16 mph with gusts as high as 23 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation could amount to 2 to 4 inches. Snow is in the forecast for the rest of the week.

Posted by Jessica Murri on 04/07/2013 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Chief Joseph Pass

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 31ST:
Temperatures are reaching the point where it is no longer possible to groom with any consistency. Trails were smoothed for the last time on Friday, March 29th. Because daytime temperatures rise so quickly, it is tracks were not set.

Remember that crust skiing will be good for quite some time yet, especially in the mornings. There is still plenty of snow at the Chief Joseph Trail System, snow which is unlikely to melt anytime soon.

Today's forecast is mostly sunny with a high of 56 degrees and light winds.

Posted by Jessica Murri on 03/31/2013 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Chief Joseph Pass

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 24th:
All classic trails were groomed on Friday, with fresh tracks set. Only light snow was forecasted this weekend, so skiing should be excellent. On Wednesday, groomers trimmed overhanging branches along the skate trails and compacted the skating surface. They're saying the skating trails are in the best shape of the season right now. All the trails including skate were groomed on Monday as well with compaction drags and rollers. Today there's a 20% chance of snow showers and partly sunny with a high near 35 degrees. Calm winds pick up to 5 mph in the morning. There's chance of rain and snow all week.

Posted by Jessica Murri on 03/24/2013 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Chief Joseph Pass

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 17TH:
It's too hot to groom this week. If it snows this week, grooming might be a possibility. If you're into crust cruising, skiing should be good each day until noon. There's a 90% chance of snow today with a high near 28 degrees with winds blowing at 16 to 21 mph, gusts at 28 mph. Daytime accumulation could be up to two inches, and snow is forecasted for the rest of the week.

Posted by Jessica Murri on 03/17/2013 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Chief Joseph Pass

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 10TH:
The new skating (multi-use) trails were rolled and compacted on Wednesday. All the classic trails were groomed and fresh tracks set on Friday. Today's high is 41 degrees and mostly sunny with winds around 6mph. Chance of snow all week.

Posted by Jessica Murri on 03/10/2013 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Romney Ridge Highpoint

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 10TH:
This is a public observation from missoulaavalanche.org for Sunday, March 3rd for the northerly bowl just west of the second high point.

"Gusts to 40mph all day. Variable wind direction. There was 8″ of new snow from the previous night’s storm and quite a bit of snow was being transported. It wasn’t really forming obvious wind crusts while we were there. Also, due to the rapidly changing wind direction, no aspect seemed to show preferential wind loading.

"We dug a pit at just under 8000″ on a north aspect. The new snow was quite light, dry, and unconsolidated and was sluffing from the pit wall easily. Obvious layers included the new snow interface at 16cm, and a deeper interface at 60cm. The 60cm layer failed at ECT22N. As predicted, when skiing steeper lines, the new snow sluffed easily. These sluffs would be large enough to cause trouble if not managed.

"The rain events of the last few days have not been kind to the lower elevation snowpack. While above the 6000′ rain line the snow is very good, below it the pack has saturated and then frozen on top, leaving a strong but breakable crust underlain by very heavy and very weak slush. Turning was difficult, as was keeping the tips above the crust, and there were many places where one could just fall into strange void spaces caused by bushes and such. These were some of the most difficult travel conditions we had ever experienced. If the low elevation snowpack doesn’t regain some cohesiveness, consider alotting a bit of extra time in your tour for dealing with this."

Thanks, Doug Brinkerhoff!

Posted by Jessica Murri on 03/10/2013 at 7:31 AM

Re: “Chief Joseph Pass

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 3RD:
All trails were rolled and compacted on Wednesday with a few inches of snow falling in between then and now. All classic trails were compacted with fresh tracks set on Friday, March 1st. There's a 100% chance of snow today with a high of 29 degrees and winds from 8 to 16 mph and gusts up to 23 mph. Three to five inches of daytime accumulation is possible. Chance of snow throughout the week as well.

Posted by Jessica Murri on 03/03/2013 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Gash Point

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 3RD:
This is a public observation from missoulaavalanche.org for Sunday, February 24th at the ridge above the south bowl. Snow analysis was done on the north-east facing edge of the bowl, elevation 8,300 feet. Weather was overcast with brief bouts of sun or obscured visibility, with a temperature of 19 degrees. Winds 10-15 mph with stronger gusts on the ridge. Most snow was being transported rather than falling fresh. 6-12 new inches.

"We did not observe any recent avalanche activity. There was a lot of wind transport happening during our tour and evidence of sustained wind activity. The cornices just keep getting bigger and bigger!"

The rest of his test results can be read here.

Thanks Caleb Kasper!

Posted by Jessica Murri on 03/03/2013 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Morrell Mountain

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 3RD:
This is a public observation from missoulaavalanche.org from Sunday, February 24th and Monday, the 25th, and the 26th for Southern Swans including Yurtski, High Markers, Breakfast Bowl, Poop Chute, Burnt Trees, and Super Natural.

"2/24- 3:00 p.m. Elevation 7,700′ East Aspect light winds from the west, intermittent clouds passing over ridge top with light snowfall. ECTN24 with low energy, snow was very light and no evidence of wind slabs (soft or hard) forming with winds.

"2/25-2/26- 8 inches of new light snow snow over a period of 24 hours. Winds picked up a bit with some gusts on ridge tops only. 2/25 Intermittent gusts (west wind) began to cross load some terrain features on SSE slopes but no signs of slab formation. Winds died down later in the day of 2/25. Skied primarily east aspect with some SSW aspects all skiing boot top-knee deep light storm cycle snow.

"6-12 inches of new snow.

"No signs of sloughing or past or present avalanche activity. Trees are loaded with snow and no major temperature fluctuations over the past 3 days."

Thanks, Mark Waller!

Posted by Jessica Murri on 03/03/2013 at 8:11 AM

Re: “Chief Joseph Pass

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH:
All the classic trails were groomed and tracks set by the grooming crew on Friday, February 22nd. The skate trails were not groomed (there has been about 7″ to 8″ of new snow since the last grooming). Today will be partly sunny with a high near 29 degrees and winds around 8 mph.

Posted by Jessica Murri on 02/24/2013 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Stuart Peak

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH:
Stuart Peak received 2 inches in the last 24 hours. Snow depth is at 72 inches. Current temperatures around 27 degrees and winds are calm. Today should be partly sunny with a high near 36 degrees and west winds at 10 to 15 mph, with gusts up to 22.

Posted by Jessica Murri on 02/24/2013 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Point Six

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH:
Currently 29 degrees and overcast with calm winds and a visibility of ten miles. There's a 30% chance of snow showers after 11am with a high near 19 degrees and winds from six to 14 mph with gusts as high as 20 mph. Possible snow accumulation around less than half an inch. Chance of snow all week.

Posted by Jessica Murri on 02/24/2013 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Hoodoo Pass

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH:
This is a public observation from missoulaavalanche.org for Sunday, February 17th:

"Toured along ridge to an east facing slope-didn’t like the snowpack, then skied back to a south facing slope. Obscured sky with light snow and light to moderate winds out of the west, poor visibility. Light to moderate west winds at ridge tops, transporting snow to leeward slopes. Six to 12 inches of new snow.

"We observed recent glide cracks and/or slab avalanches on south facing slopes around 5500-6500ft due to poor visibility we couldn’t determine whether of not they were avalanches or just released cracks.
6900ft E facing 32 degree slope
8″ of new snow
snow depth 250cm
from top
250-230cm new snow F
230-208cm DF 4F
@230cm CT11Q2RP @ storm interface (graupel layer noted at bottom of new snow)
@215cm ECTN25Q2RP down 35cm
@208cm CT19Q1SC 2-3mm Surface Hoar, ECTP23Q1SCx2 (2nd pit), ECTN29Q1SC
@188cm CT23Q2RP Rain Crust Facet combo
Due to group dynamics and the reactive Q1 buried surface hoar layer that showed a propensity for propagation – we decided to ski low angle south facing terrain – and had lots of fun!"

Thanks, George D’Angelo!

Posted by Jessica Murri on 02/24/2013 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Yurt Ski

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH:
This is a public observation from missoulaavalanche.org for Monday, Feb. 18th, Wednesday, Feb. 20th, and Thursday, Feb. 21st at S. Swan:

"Monday- received approx 12 inches over last two days. At 6600′ on a 36 degree NE slope we had a CT 21 Q2/3 at 30-35 cm down. ECTN22 on same layer. Skiing very nice and quite enjoyable. pretty clear, relatively calm but evidence of some wind.

"Wednesday- 7700′ on 33 degree E-SE slope, dug pit near ridge found 5-10 cm wind slab 40cm down. CT 11 Q1 on this layer. ECTN11 also at this layer. Snow beneath failure was relatively strong. As the next system comes in (especially if it comes in on the high end of NOAA predictions..9-20 inches by Sunday) we’ll really need to think about areas with previous wind loading or with buried wind slabs.

"Thursday- no new snow."

Thanks, Carl Sievers!

Posted by Jessica Murri on 02/24/2013 at 9:44 AM

Re: “Sky Pilot

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH:
This is a public observation from missoulaavalanche.org from Thursday, Feb. 21st.

"Clear skies and calm in the morning, but with an obvious storm breaking over the Bitterroot divide. Turned to quite snowy conditions with moderate winds at higher elevations by early afternoon. Moderate wind at higher elevations, with obvious signs of recent transport, including big cornices and wind slabs on leeward slopes, and wind ribs on the stoss side near ridge tops. New snow around 0-3 inches.

"In terms of natural activity, we saw a minor point releases coming off of cliff bands, and some glide cracks over large granite slabs. At higher elevations near the Bitterroot divide, there was an obvious wind slab that was 2″ deep at the time. It was clearly not bonded well, and would fail at switchback corners. I caused this layer to sluff considerably just off the peak of the top of Sky Pilot, on a northerly slope with obvious wind effects at 8700′. It was perhaps 30 degrees here, and the sluff did not run very far. I also triggered a deeper instability while skiing a steeper couloir that separates an upper and lower snowfield on Sky Pilot at around 8300′. This couloir is quite short, perhaps 60 vertical feet, 38 or so degrees, with some good safe zones within the couloir. I opted to ski cut between these on my descent, and on my second cut, managed to break loose a 6-8″ wind slab that propogated back up the couloir and out onto the large snow field below it. The fracture width was perhaps 100 feet. I could not tell how far the slab ran, due to poor visibility and a lack of desire to follow it down the exposed runout. My partner skiied another wider slope immediately adjacent that was more wind scoured, and did not trigger anything."

Thanks, Doug Brinkerhoff!

Posted by Jessica Murri on 02/24/2013 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Chief Joseph Pass

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH:
Grooming crews rolled and compaction dragged all the trails, both classic and skating on Wednesday, the 13th. On Friday, the 15th, grooming crews re-compacted the classic trails and set tracks. Currently 25 degrees and overcast with no wind. High of 39 with mostly cloudy skies.

Posted by Jessica Murri on 02/17/2013 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Stuart Peak

SNOW REPORT FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH:
Stuart Peak received 3 inches in the last 24 hours, with snow still falling. Snow depth is at 67 inches. Current temperatures around 32 degrees and winds at 8 miles per hour out of the north-northwest. Visibility at 8 miles, wind chill at 25 degrees. Snow showers should continue through the day with a high near 33 degrees and west winds at 14mpr, with gusts up to 22. One to two inches of snow accumulation is possible.

Posted by Jessica Murri on 02/17/2013 at 8:26 AM

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