Observation Date: 01/24/2016
SW of Philipsburg
Cloudy, light-moderate winds from west/southwest, occasional snow, 2″ accumulation throughout day
Moderate winds, mainly from west/southwest. Very large cornices built up on the east aspect of a ridge.
New Snow: 6-12″
No natural avalanches observed. Very large cornices on east ridge and significant amount of wind loading observed.
Significant amount of wind transported snow from west to east. Very large cornices built up on east side of a ridge, some 20’+. Avoided all wind loaded and steep terrain.
Scouted area on 1/23 and returned on 1/24. 8-10″ new snow overnight. New snow had already formed a dense slab and had an ECTP 11 result on facets in a pit dug at 8,400′ on a north/northeast aspect. Stopped snow evaluation at this point as this was all we needed to see. Skied terrain <32 degrees and had only minor sluff movement. Stay safe.
Observer: Chris Cote