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Location (general area)
Mt. Baden Powell
Road conditions to area
Dry with snow on shoulder
few clouds (up to 2/8)
Light (1-16mph Flags/twigs in motion)
Wind direction in degrees
Aspect in degrees
Boot/ Ski penetration
Activity, recent avalanches
Skied Baden Powell from false summit eventually into N gulley with avalanche debris.
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks. collapsing
Obvious avalanche path
Incredible amount of snow on North aspects of Baden Powell. I would guess over 6 feet of base near the 9000’ level, at least in drifts. I made the mistake of following the fall line about halfway down the mountain into the bowling alley of the main gulley that was full of a great deal of wet slide debris. The sides of the gulley were very icy and it some alarming 1-2 ft crowns were visible. I was not worried at the time as it was getting dark and there was minimal stuffing or movement. The safest line right now is to ski down where the trail comes up. On steeper aspect I noticed a few inches of stuff on the way up, but overall conditions were consolidated, however I was not on the mountain during a warm or sunny part of the day. Google said the road was at Inspiration Point but it was open all the way to Vincent Gulch.
Definitely a great opportunity to ski Baden Powell now but I would stay out of any gullies, avoid warm and sunny times of day, and stick to well treed and lower angle slopes.
If you are a gunner and have eyed the Northeast couloirs, this could be a time to ski those at your own risk if you are willing to hike out a little bit.
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