Bad to the Bone Springs

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Updated: Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016 8:56 AM
Posted: Sunday, Dec 4, 2016 3:47 PM
Avalanche Red Flags
Intense precipitation  
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Snow Conditions
Tollgate    Jubilee Lake    Bone Springs   
Trying to replicate the brutality of our first snowmobile trip last year, we hit out in the middle of a huge snowstorm from Tollgate area. We found similar conditions, with nasty sleet near the highway, progressing toward massive powder in the Bone Springs area. Yep, it is full on winter as we found well over a meter of snow out a Bone Springs and we were playing in epic powder to get the year started right.

Meanwhile, the Tollgate area was amassing with snow-feverish people. We helped people spinning out on the highway and even had the tow rope out for a tug at one point. Snow parks were deep with snow. We saw people Christmas tree hunting, several snowmobilers, especially out at Bone Springs, and sledding hill was starting to get busy at Andies Prairie despite the difficulty getting through the parking lot due to ODOT plows being overwhelmed by all the snow. Now it is game on for us to explore conditions for winter recreation.

Backcountry observations provided or vetted by trained avalanche professionals.
The Snow
New Snow
22 cm
Total Snow
145 cm
3° / W

Snow Depths
Location #1: Bone Springs snow depth — 145 cm (map)
Location #2: Jubilee Lake snow depth — 50 cm (map)
Location #3: Gravel Pit Pond Snow Depth — 85 cm (map)
The Weather
Obscured (eg: fog)
Snow - S2 Moderate snow
Variable at 1-16 mph
Redneck angel saves the day on the un-plowed highway
Sleds caked, no viz.
Party at Bone Springs Shelter.
Forrest happy to be back out on his sled
Quasi-annual Jubilee Lake photo (with a snow creature)
BS & FW at the lake
We had fresh tracks on new powder