Spout Springs Flowing


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Updated: Saturday, Jan 6, 2018 6:21 PM
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Posted: Wednesday, Jan 3, 2018 6:47 PM
Avalanche Red Flags
Rapid temperature rise  
Observer(s):
Brian Sather*
Report Type:
Snow Conditions
Category:
Backcountry Ski
Keywords:
Blues    Spout Springs    Tollgate   
Nasty crust up on Spout Springs, as would be expected since it has been hanging out all week. So has the inversion fog in Milton-Freewater area, which created perilous black ice from about 4000' and below. It is very sketchy going from above freezing over the pass and mostly dry roads, to plummeting into a death trap of dreariness in what some from our valley think of as a tropical destination during winter. I saw 4 trashed vehicles by the end of the day. Early in the morning, it was actually raining a bit on the Elgin side of the pass.

Meanwhile, up high it was warm with a light wind, and it is looking like the last days of spring at Spout Springs. The spring is flowing out nicely if anyone wants to grab some water. I laid down a skin track that no one will want to take advantage of up to the top. It was nice to cruise around with no clothes on get a few laps in without concern of anyone poaching my ski lines. The video will show the rest.



Backcountry observations provided or vetted by trained avalanche professionals.
The Snow
New Snow
0 cm
Total Snow
70 cm
Slope/Aspect
--° / --
Elevation
5400'

Snow Depths
Location #1: Base of Spout — 70 cm (map)
The Weather
Temperature
2°C
Sky
Few (1/8 - 2/8)
Precipitation
No Precipitation
Wind
South at 1-16 mph
Runnels
The lodge.
If the trees look like this near Weston, let off the gas.