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We skied in Bacon Rind and found that southerly facing, low elevation slopes had a thin snowpack that was moist to the ground. We got ECTP 13 on the facets 1.5 feet off the ground, which was not expected. With more sun and warm temps I expect we will see wet slides. On other aspects with a deeper snowpack conditions were dry and stable. #gnfacobs
We skied in Bacon Rind and found that southerly facing, low elevation slopes had a thin snowpack that was moist to the ground. We got ECTP 13 on the facets 1.5 feet off the ground, which was not expected. With more sun and warm temps I expect we will see wet slides. On other aspects with a deeper snowpack conditions were dry and stable. #gnfacobs
Today we found that melt water had run through the top 2’ of the snowpack and refrozen on a sunny slope at 10,000 ft near Cooke City. This is great for stability, but doesn’t eliminate all our concerns. Only the upper snowpack has been effected by the meltwater here, and shadier slopes only have thin crusts or no crusts at all. Paying attention to solar warming will be key as temperatures increase this week. #gnfacobs
Today we found that melt water had run through the top 2’ of the snowpack and refrozen on a sunny slope at 10,000 ft near Cooke City. This is great for stability, but doesn’t eliminate all our concerns. Only the upper snowpack has been effected by the meltwater here, and shadier slopes only have thin crusts or no crusts at all. Paying attention to solar warming will be key as temperatures increase this week. #gnfacobs

GNFAC News

February 2, King and Queen of the Ridge at Bridger Bowl (fundraiser). Register with Bridger to hike in the event, and create a pledge page to raise funds with your Ridge laps.

Check out the latest updates from the GNFAC: a new forecaster, and new and updated pages to the website.

Doug wrote an article for the upcoming Avalanche Review about our education efforts in Cooke City and the the Centennials (ID and MT).

After last season's two snowmobiler avalanche fatalities on Reas Peak in the Centennial Range we created a webpage so riders could get good, relevant information regarding snowpack and avalanches.

Resources

Weather Stations

Weather Stations provide the GNFAC forecasters with information on snowfall, wind and temps from around the region. The Weather Log summarizes this daily.

Avalanche Education

GNFAC partners with groups around the region to provide evening avalanche classes, plus full day and multi-day courses, including some weekend field days. All our class offerings, along with courses from other providers, are on our Education Calendar.

Placenames

Use this map to find the locations of unfamiliar places mentioned in the advisory. Also take a look at our glossary of avalanche terms.

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