Our main concern was wet avalanche problems. Temperatures are elevated, and snow is melting. We chose to in simple terrain because we were new to the area. Observing a recent large loose wet avalanche (L-N-R2-D2) on the snowmobile road to Lodge Pole Creek trailhead confirmed this plan.
• Snow surfaces were sticky and moist below 6,000 feet.
• Strong previous winds have built large cornices above northeast aspects.
• The temperatures at a pit we dug on a north aspect near 6,200 feet was 37°F (3°C) at 2:00 p.m.
It was raining until we reached the trail head (10 a.m.). Broken skies were holding in lots of heat after that.
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3.3 miles from Monture Guard Station
|Large loose wet avalanche that slid on steep 40 degree terrain under steep cliffs near 4300 feet. It ran approximately 300 feet starting around 4,600 feet elevation. Burnt trees up 10 inches in diameter were pushed over. An inch of recent snow covered the debris.|
We dug a pit on a north aspect at 6,200 feet. 20cm of moist, clumped, rounded snow sits over dryer layers. Rounding facets were found between mid-January crusts. No notable test results were observed.