Afternoon wet loose slides on the hill opposite the Ranger Station. Approx depth: 6 inches. Approx width: 10-20 m. Approx length: 100-300m. Slope approx: 35-45 degrees, 3/11/2023 around 2PM.
Signs of Unstable Snow
Did you see shooting cracks?
Did you experience collapsing or whumpfing?
Toured out to a small E facing hill near the ranger station. Experienced widespread cracking, collapsing, and whumping on the approach and hill (18 degree slope). Cracks were propagating The W facing slope across the Salmon River from the ranger station showed signs of wind affected snow and cross-loading from south to north in the morning (35-45 degree slope). Cornices were observed both on the uppermost ridgeline and terrain features 2 slab avalanches (D2) were observed on the W face. Afternoon sun caused wet loose avalanches to occur on the hill opposite the ranger station (see photo). Sky condition: BKN, precipitation type: NO, blowing snow: none, wind speed: L.
Observed Avalanche Problem #1:
West facing slope across from the Sawtooth NRA Ranger station. Point start zones triggered by heating around rocks accumulating snow at 6500'-7000', D1, very likely, surface layer, 3/11/2023~2PM.
Observed Avalanche Problem #2:
4 avalanches on W-NW facing slope across from the Sawtooth NRA Ranger station, crown visible at approx. 6500'-7000', naturally triggered, D2, very likely, surface layer, 3/11/2023~2PM.