Public Observation - Elk Mountain, southern Glacier Park

Location Name: 
Public Observation - Elk Mountain, southern Glacier Park
Region: 
Glacier National Park - Southern Lewis Range
Date and time of observation: 
Sun, 03/19/2017 - 13:41
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Climbed Elk Mountain today in hopes of skiing some sun softened snow. Though we had mostly clear skies and mild temperatures at the trailhead conditions above 5600' were winter like. A strong west wind and below freezing temperatures kept the snowpack frozen all day. Boot penetration was 0-5 cm. We skinned for a brief time and boot packed the southeast ridge to the summit. Conditions remained frozen and we skied down the same ridge. There were a few old point release wet slides on the se face and a couple areas where small sections of the cornice had fell. 

 

 

 

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Strong
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Direction: 
West
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Strong west winds, filtered sunshine

Activity: 
Skiing