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Updated: Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 1:21 PM
Posted: Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 2:47 PM
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Snow Conditions
Another fun-filled day ensued as we ventured up the not-so highway through hell (see Youtube video). Brian and I set out to Andies Prairie and Spout Springs for fatbiking (well not me) and checking out conditions after Tuesday night's winter storm. We were listening to live ODOT radio chatter, and became confused by their decision to make the highway "condition A" when it clearly was not (see beginning of the YouTube video). I was testing out my RoadCam idea with the GoPro, but didn't capture any crazy crashes or drama for our up and coming TV show. Nevertheless, it was a good time getting out and collecting some awesome data and multimedia.

After getting to the ski area, there was a plethora of signage basically telling people to stay away. The Spout Springs base depth was the same as Anthony Lakes: 18 cm (8"). There was still some remaining snow from previous storms, so the Thanksgiving Heat Wave of 2017 didn't completely eradicate all the snow. During our Spout investigation, my truck was plowed in, I went on a short off-trail run through the snow, and managed to secure a building at the resort that was wide open and welcoming to this winter's blowing snow. The plows were out in full force clearing the roads and snoparks, of which we didn't see anyone using. We still need some new storms to cover all the flora up there.

Backcountry observations provided or vetted by trained avalanche professionals.
The Snow
New Snow
5 cm
Total Snow
18 cm
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Snow Depths
Location #1: Andies Prairie — 18 cm (map)
The Weather
Overcast (> 7/8)
No Precipitation
No air motion
Spout Springs facing NW
Andies Prairie
Unsecured Spout Springs facility
Unskiable Spout
Deserted facilities
Sather probing snow with massive probe
ODOT berm caging in my pickup
Tesmond at Andies Prairie Snopark