Public Observation - Mt Adams/Essex Creek/Marion Lake divide.
Public Observation - Mt Adams/Essex Creek/Marion Lake divide
Flathead Range - Middle Fork Corridor
Date and time of observation:
Fri, 01/01/2016 - 12:00
Recent avalanche activity
Unfortunately, the sun/solar radiation from the 31st created a bit of a zipper crust on southerly aspects and the snow was moist. The crust had about 1 cm of low density new snow on it that was unafected(thus the crust materialized on the 31st, not today. Created abit of havoc sticking to your skins and freezing to your edges.
Mt Adams had a 10+/-cm soft slab that was wide spread with some isolated hard slabs depending on the exposure from yesterdays wind.
Watching someone ski the south/easterly aspect off of Adams the soft slab was easily set in motion and traveled a few hundred vertical feet in steeper terrain, but was manageble.
Ski quality was good, but you had to choose your aspect accordingly as per wind or solar affect.
Suface hoar was also starting to develop, small/.2-3 cm, but with the upcoming high pressure/clear nights forcasted, it is sure to grow a fair amount.