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Ball Butte 1/23

Whumpfing sounds or cracks
Observation Date/Time:
Sat, Jan 23, 2021 - 10:00 AM
Brian M
Broken Top Area
Report Type:
Snow Conditions   Avalanche Activity  
Travel Mode:
Snowmobile   Ski or Snowboard  

Written Report:
We toured on Ball today and conditioning one were variable to say the least! The majority of slopes we traveled on we’re bulletproof ice, interspersed with deep pockets of wind-transported snow that hasn’t bonded to the ice layer below. All ridge lines and anything faxing N/NE were rock solid. Pockets were found in S/SE lines, but these proved to be quite unstable.

Our party encountered widespread shooting cracks in the wind blown areas, got spooked and called it a day. Quite a bit more wind transport than we expected, especially after a encountering deep, light snow on the journey out to Ball in the flats and trees.