Location (general area)
NE aspects of Shields Peak (South Fork Trailhead)
Road conditions to area
clear (no clouds)
Light (1-16mph Flags/twigs in motion)
Wind direction in degrees
Aspect in degrees
Boot/ Ski penetration
Activity, recent avalanches
Class 3, large runout into a terrain trap.
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks. collapsing
Obvious avalanche path
Two avalanches noted, both were class 3 and located on NE aspects in open bowls. No visible crowns and runout was filled in with snow from the most recent storm cycle, so both were older.
North slopes observed and skiied featured heavy wind loading. Sun/wind exposed south facing slopes and ridgelines were pretty bony even at high elevation. No avalanche signs noted on skiied NE aspects within glades.
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