“Snowpack observation from 1/14/23
Northern Bridgers-Frazer Basin
Chute skiers left from the exit chute/sled access boundary on ridge.
Skied a more wind protected N facing chute and experienced stability skiing. Did 2 ski cuts before entering as well as doing a shovel shear on the top ~2ft of snowpack. No clean shear for the test or other observations of instability. As a result we skied.
Decided to start skiing up another, more open face to the E and stopped to dig about 1/3 of the way up once it started to get a little steeper. Dug on a Due N slope at 8430 ft. Snow depth was 205 cm from base. Column test failed at CT11 and CT15 at 175 and 135cm from base respectively. Was a clean break. Conducted an ECT which went at ECTP12 and 14 at the same depths. We skinned off the aspect and skied conservative lines the rest of the day.”