Observation: BeaverCreek Canyon

Observation Date
12/26/2017
Observer Name
Eric and Amy Flygare

Region:

Location Name or Route
Beaver Creek
Weather
Sky
Obscured
Wind Direction
North
Wind Speed
Strong
Comments

We rode in southeast Idaho (Beaver Creek) today and found fairly good riding conditions on mellow slopes.  We did not trigger any avalanches but caused rolling thunder collapses as we ski cut a large 32 degree northeast facing bowl.  We hit several small steeper test slopes in the areas and could not get anything to move (however the test slopes were small and the slab could have been locking in place from the slope below).

 

We also saw evidence cracking and some small natural avalanches from yesterday or the day before (see pictures).  The snowpack seemed to be adjusting to the load but still seemed close to the trigger point.  There were many avalanche testers poking around on bigger and steeper slopes today and from what we witnessed there were no avalanches from today.  

Today's Observed Danger Rating
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates