Brundage Out of Bounds
Date and time of observation:
Tue, 02/05/2019 - 16:02
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsing
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Overall the snow seems to be plastered on things pretty good in this area. I did not observe any major signs of instability. I did avoid the upper most ridge. I did observe wind slabs at my high point and was not able to isolate them on every try.
The hazard is a hard call, I would say Moderate in the area I traveled which avoided upper elevation wind loaded terrain. I would guess Considerable in upper elevation terrain.
I ski cut and prodded the road cuts while exiting with a bit of sluffing being the only reaction. I would imagine some of the new snow instabilities in this area are settling out.
Ski penetration was minimal above 6700’ or so due to the crust/inversion.