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Location (general area)
Ontario Peak Ridge/Icehouse Canyon
Road conditions to area
30°F, windchill at 5°F to 15°F
Scattered clouds (3/8 to 4/8)
Extreme (>38mph gale force or +)
Wind direction in degrees
Aspect in degrees
3' to 4' above 8000'
Boot/ Ski penetration
Activity, recent avalanches
Icehouse Canyon, uncountable wet slide tracks.
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks. collapsing
Obvious avalanche path
Extreme winds kept snow very firm above Icehouse Saddle. Winds on the ridge were sustained at 50mph to 70mph, with 100mph gusts. Some cornices on the ridge from the usual prevailing westerlies. Snow was about 3 to 4' above 8000'. Very icy/slide for life after 3pm. As previously mentioned in other reports, there are uncountable amounts of wet slides in Icehouse Canyon and pinwheels frozen in place from previous days. There are some sections of avalanche debris blocking the trail near the saddle. Avalanche paths on both south and north facing slopes.
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