Observation Date: 02/26/2014

Route/Location:
Touring around Downing Mountain in the central Bitterroots. Skied on the flanks of the main east facing avalanche chute.

Weather:
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.

Wind:

New Snow: 12+”

Avalanche Activity:
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.

Other Comments:
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

Mill 2 South Settlement