Public Observation - South Fork Dickey Creek

Location Name: 
Public Observation - South Fork Dickey Creek
Flathead Range - Middle Fork Corridor
Date and time of observation: 
Tue, 01/12/2016 - 15:30
Location Map: 

Red Flags: 
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsing
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

Observation made by: Public
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Toured up the South Fork of Dickey Creek.  A freezing rain/fog was present while driving to the trailhead.  Followed the same aspect as the climbers trail that goes up to saddle above Almeda Lake.   An ice crust was present from the valley floor up to max elevation gained (~7,100ft) about 0.5cm in thickness (see video).  Snowpack was stable with the exception of some areas with evident wind loading.  Triggered two wind slab slides.  The first was by the lead skier and when the second skier approached the slide area from above, another slab broke free from above him and caused him to fall.  He was not hurt nor carried down the slope.  The slide was roughly 30-45 feet in width and carried about 200 feet in length with a crown depth of ~6 inches.  First skier was not aware of slide.  The second wind slab slide occurred as the second skier approached the first skier who was stopped, roughly 500 feet quartering down from the first slide (see photo of slide).  This small wind slab slide was roughly 15-20 feet in width and carried about 60 feet.  Neither skier was affected by this slab slide.

Snowpack photos: 
Snowpit videos (tests, etc): 

S. Fork Dickey Creek

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Strong (Whole trees in motion)
Wind Direction: 
Accumulation rate: 
Precip Rate: 
S -1; very light snowfall, trace to 0.5cm/hour