Observation Date: 02/26/2014
Touring around Downing Mountain in the central Bitterroots. Skied on the flanks of the main east facing avalanche chute.
In the clouds and cold all morning started clearing into a slight inversion around noon. Sun was out in full effect all afternoon. No wind most of the day with a light SW breeze coming later in the day.
New Snow: 12+”
Small point releases avalanches were evident near rocks on south aspects. Most notable avalanche evidence (see photo) was a natural crown on the SE aspect of Mill 2. This was a wind loaded steep slope and the large crown could be seen from across canyon just under a large cornice. There is a good chance this avalanche ran full path.
Large settlement cones around trees and no obvious signs of instability. No movement on ski cuts. The strong sun followed by cold and clear night formed a slight sun crust on select south faces.
29 straight days of measurable snow at Downing Mountain, the streak has come to an end.
Observer: Blake Votilla