Lost Trail Pass area - Generally good snowpack with 2-3 feet of new snow in the past 5 days.
However, watch for areas where early season snows persisted before this storm cycle. Mainly steeper, shaded, northerly aspect, where faceted snow shows potential for propagation 2-3 feet down.
Early season conditions persist!
Today, temps were cold -10C, with a slight south wind, and mostly sunny skies.
After a dry and mild fall, Montana and Idaho entered winter, with 70-100cm (2-3feet) of new snow in the past 5 days in the Lost Trail Pass area.
The 2-3 feet of new snow in the past 5 days has settled well in most locations, however, there is a layer of concern on steeper, shaded, northerly aspects above 7500 feet. Test results showed propagation around a meter down in two study pits in 145cm snowpack. ECTP22 ↓ 103cm & ECTP28 ↓ 103cm (40").
Though generally conditions are good, keep an eye on those slopes.
Also, be aware, early season conditions persist!