Spring at Moss


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Updated: Friday, Feb 2, 2018 5:39 PM
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Posted: Friday, Feb 2, 2018 5:19 PM
Avalanche Red Flags
Rapid temperature rise  
Observer(s):
Brian Sather*
Report Type:
Snow Conditions
Category:
Snowbike
I saw a morning window, so I took it for a snowbike sesh on Mt. Fanny. It was still raining a bit but good enough for spring conditions going up to Moss Springs. There is no snow to be found until past the second cattle guard where there is the biggest wide turnaround on the road. From there, you can get on machine but it is very sketchy all the way up the switchbacks with barely any snow hanging onto the road. After the last switchback it magically turns to relatively deep snow on the run to Moss Springs where there was enough to take to the trees.

The EONI cat had headed up to their towers today so the main road is packed down with tracks, as is usual this time of year and there are a fair amount of snowmobile tracks that went crazy recently. The snow seemed much deeper on the meadows behind Mt. Fanny but I didn't take out the probe. Since it was all warm and soft, the riding was really good for another spring-like day to kick off February.

In other news, I've received confirmed reports that the I have been breaking trail for wolves lately too.


Backcountry observations provided or vetted by trained avalanche professionals.
The Snow
New Snow
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Total Snow
160 cm
Slope/Aspect
--° / --
Elevation
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Snow Depths
Location #1: Wilderness Overlook Mt. Fanny — 160 cm (map)
Location #2: Moss Climb — 3 cm (map)
The Weather
Temperature
5°C
Sky
Overcast (> 7/8)
Precipitation
Rain - RV Very light rain
Wind
Southwest at 1-16 mph
Cove seen in the sun from just under the cloud ceiling on Mt. Fanny.
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