Observation Date: 04/09/2013
We toured up Canyon Creek in the Bitterroots quickly realizing our original objective, the south face of canyon proper was going to be too warm and sunny with the unexpected amount new snow. Headed for the NE face of Canyon Peak and dug pit mid way up apron on an NE aspectThe compass direction a slope faces i.e. North, South, East, West. about 8000′. 10″ new snow failed ECT1 Q2. All aspects except due north heavily affected by sun with a weak unconsolidated slabA relatively cohesive snowpack layer. A layer of snow stronger than underlying layers.A relatively cohesive snowpack layer. A layer of snow stronger than underlying layers.. Bailed on Canyon proper and headed for a true north facing, less exposed run off of North Canyon Peak. As seen in the photo, an E and SE slope across the basin had evidence of large and recent point releaseA Loose Snow AvalancheA Loose Snow Avalanche or Sluff. or SluffA Loose Snow AvalancheA Loose Snow Avalanche or Sluff. or Sluff.. avalanches. Skied the north facing run. The snow was cold, deep, and stable.
25 at 4200′ that morning, sunny and rapid warming as the day went on. No wind.
New Snow: 6-12″
Observer: Blake Votilla