Day off tour into the Flathead Range to soak up the sunshine, fresh air, and see what the recent storm left us. I was pleasantly surprised to find 4 to 6 inches of new snow that was mostly untouched by recent winds. There were isolated wind slabs and we took note of the wind-scoured, alpine faces.
After processing the information we collected, we felt comfortable managing our sluff in steep terrain that was sheltered from the wind. We did stop a few hundred feet shy of our objective due to wind loading and previous shooting cracks on wind drifted test slopes.
Slope angles were in the upper 30s and low 40s. All aspects at mid and upper elevations. Many noted in Wahoo drainage and few noted in Rescue. This number is conservatively low and only for Wahoo drainage.
Numerous D1s triggered on descent. One D1.5 which broke out as a soft slab that was 6 to 12 inches deep.
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