Professional Observation - Shed 7 West - John F. Stevens Canyon, southern Glacier NP
Professional Observation - Shed 7 West - John F. Stevens Canyon
Flathead Range/Glacier National Park - John F. Stevens Canyon
Date and time of observation:
Thu, 12/31/2015 - 12:00
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Toured up the looker’s left ridge of the Shed 7 West path. Dug a test profile at 6143 feet on an easterly aspect and then continued up the Shed 7 West path while traversing the path to a southerly aspect. Worked our way up the southerly aspect terrain to 6590 feet in elevation. At this location on a southeasterly aspect we conducted a full data profile. After completing profile observations we traversed further to the east along the Shed 7 ridge and followed the ridge to the starting zone of Shed 7 East. At this point, we dropped down to the Shed 7 weather station for a welfare check. All good. For descent to the Canyon floor we skied the skier’s left of the Shed 5 path.
Skiing conditions were very good on ascent and good on descent.
No recent avalanche activity observed. However, later in the day insolated (very small) surface wind slabs were forming on easterly and northeasterly aspects. We could easily trigger very small avalanches or at least get some shooting cracks in these slabs.
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