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Today we headed into the Flathead Range to get a broader picture of recently formed wind slabs and observe surface conditions with the onset of clear skies and warm temperatures. Wind slabs were isolated with no pattern of distribution. We unintentionally triggered a D1 size wind slab on a steep breakover far down the slope we skied. I noticed the area that I traveled in today was more wind affected than it's neighboring drainages further North. I believe this contributed to less wet loose activity due to wind hardened surfaces.
Today we felt comfortable skiing steep, wind-sheltered terrain. Because of the pockety nature of wind slabs, we chose terrain that was mostly uniform with clean runouts.
Distant observation. Estimated size. Size is based off the width of debris pile and length of entrained snow.
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