Big Creek Summit
Date and time of observation:
Sun, 02/24/2019 - 12:14
United States44° 36' 26.5248" N, 115° 49' 7.2984" W
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
I was surprised by the lack of in your face signs of instability but I stayed in the trees and avoided any exposed areas. I would not have felt comfortable skiing any open meadow with slopes approaching 35 degrees or so.
I did cut one of the north facing road cuts on my exit. The first cut resulted in sluffing of the upper 4-5”. The 2nd cut resulted in a 8-10” thick, soft slab that did not propagate wider than my turn, once again, I expected more.
Without many obvious signs of instability, the hazard is a hard call, I would say considerable in this sheltered area. I would expect High in wind affected/loaded areas. I would also expect a good natural cycle in places due to the new load and wind. The hazard will rise with the expected increase in temps.
Thanks to the folks who broke trail!