Observation – 3/29 – 30/2014 – Pike Creek, Flathead Range and Apgar Range, GNP

Name: Joe Grabowski 
Date: March 29 & 30, 2014
Time: Noon
Location: Pike Creek & Apgars
Activity: Skiing

Snowpack Observations:

Saturday March 29: Toured Pike Creek area south of Marias Pass. Temps just above freezing and snowing on and off with some sunny periods. Snow warmed up over night just enough to make travel conditions difficult. Clumping. About 12″ of storm snow. No signs of recent avalanche activity.

Sunday March 30: Toured from Rubideau to Fern Creek in the Apgar mountains. Warm and sunny for the first half of the day followed by near blizzard conditions at times when crossing the crest of the range; grauple followed up big, wet snow flakes. Breakable trap crust above 4,800′ on all aspects, wet snow below that elevation. No signs of recent avalanche activity or instability. Most of the west facing slide paths had old avalanche debris. Decent travel conditions.