The Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area is CLOSED to Over-the-Snow Vehicles (including Snowmobiles) for the 2018 winter season.
Stiff slabs have formed since the latest new snow from last week. Crusts range from supportable to not as you travel around treeline areas on North through East aspects. Aspects on NW-W-SW are mostly devoid of any snow remnants. Snow became well transported off ridges & into isolated features at & below treeline. No new avalanches were observed as slabs were hollow but stubborn to react with the weight of a human. Steep terrain may hold more of a chance for failure in these slabs & could be dicey.
Wind slabs have grown stiffer since the arrival of new snow (10") last week. Firm skiing conditions exist were snow has remained but most of it was battered around into isolated Easterly features. Facets were observed below a crust at 35cm, taking moderate forces to fail. Steep terrain should be avoided as we take on new snow & storm slab potential. Avalanche activity will rise today with new accumulations. Expect tomorrow to be a wee bit more sketchy traveling in avalanche terrain.
Small "slider" storms have dropped on us new snow but strong winds have gotten rid of any powder rewards. Look for long wind slabs reaching low on slopes. Cornices are well developed & have been seen on South aspects from swirling & northerly winds. Thin slabs are being scoured above treeline leaving behind icy crusts & unmanageable slide-for-life conditions.
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Cloudy with snow showers today into tomorrow, possible accumulations in the alpine of 6-12". Winds will be strong out of the Southwest shifting to Northeast late tonight. Gusting winds may reach 85 mph at ridgeline this afternoon with blowing snow. Freezing levels will be low, so valley bottoms may get some new snow.
This snowpack summary applies only to backcountry areas in the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area. Click here for a map of the area. This snowpack summary describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur. This snowpack summary expires in 48 hours unless otherwise noted. The information in this snowpack summary is provided by the USDA Forest Service who is solely responsible for its content.
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