Observation Date: 01/23/2018
Toured up to Little St.Joe peak in the Bitterroot, followed the standard ridge route to the summit. Lapped the main east facing bowl.
Partially sunny. Snow surfaces stayed cold and dry throughout the day.
Gusty winds primarily coming out of the SW. Observed active wind transport, particularly at high elevations.
New Snow: 6-12″
No avalanche activity. No shooting, whumphing or cracking. Storm snow sloughing on steeper terrain. We found a weak wind slab near the summit ridgeline, resting on the upper shots before dropping into the bowl.
Dug a pit at 8400′, East Aspect.
Total snowpack: 185cm.
CT11 @175cm Q3.
CT14 @150cm Q3.
CT21 @140cm Q2.
CT26 @125cm Q2.
ECTN22 @150cm Q3.
None of our suspect weak layers propagated. Snowpack was right side up, only concern was sloughing storm snow. Felt safe skiing on steep terrain.
Observer: Erik McLaury