Wandered through all three elevation bands on the shady side of a ridge in the central Flathead Range, to assess various avalanche problems.
We climbed and skied slopes to 40 degrees one at a time, including a very large avalanche path that ran to the valley floor. There were more of these potent runs, maybe a six pack's worth, but one was enough for the day.
to 7600 feet
Debris piles to runouts in steep gullies on the south face of Essex Mountain. Couldn't see start elevation, or determine whether debris piles below individual gullies represented debris from 1 slide or from several funneled into on gully. Deepest debris pile looked to be 8' or so deep.
Debris in lower tracks from wet loose avalanches in confined gullies on the south face of Essex Mountain.
Small natural sluff on steep slope below rock band. Invovled this morning's snow.
Forecast Hotline: 406.257.8402
Call or text an observation: 406.66AVYOB