Cold feet

Lizard Range and Flathead

southrockies , Thursday 7th January, 2021 4:25PM

After the storm passed we headed out to Cold Feet under clear blue skies and without any wind. As we climbed up a very large crown of an avalanche started poking through the trees in the alpine. We were surprised by how fresh it looked and as we were discussing that, we heard another avalanche rumble down. We couldn't see it because of the forest but it sounded large and went for a while. We figure at least a size 2 as it sounded like a meat grinder 😬 Our snow pit on a west aspect, treeline slope showed no signs of instability but with clear evidence from the natural avalanches we had all the info we needed! Stuck to the sheltered trees and found amazing conditions.

Snow conditions were: Powder. Weather conditions were: Warm, Sunny. We rode: Dense trees, Open trees. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Steep slopes. Riding quality was amazing.

Avalache Conditions: Slab avalanches today or yesterday.

Avalanche

Size 3 natural avalanche appeared to start as a small storm slab near the ridge and step down to a crust near rocks and propagate very far and running on a crust.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN