Snowmobile approach from Glacier to 3,500 ft. parking lot. Direct approach up Grouse Creek to west end of Heliotrope Ridge.
March 14, 2019, 5 p.m. PST
Weather: Cold (mid 20's) with strong SW winds 15-25 mph through morning and early afternoon. Winds dropped later in afternoon. Partly cloudy. Temperatures increased markedly by mid afternoon.
Snowpack: Overnight winds transported snow from ridge top to North Facing slopes (7,000 ft). Ridgetop north slopes had a 4-5 inch wind slab that was well bonded to underlying snowpack. Ski cuts and hand shears were not reacting. Got one shooting crack on a north facing slab on a 20 meter 35* plus slope. Ski quality was good in sheltered bowls 1,000 ft below ridge. Lower elevation snow in Grouse Creek was more wind affected from the overnight and morning winds. Snowpack in lower Grouse Creek was dry powder in the AM and wet and warm in the afternoon. Spring is coming.
Area Description: Grouse Creek approach to the "rod" at the top of Heliotrope Ridge.
Avalanches: None observed. A few pin wheels on south facing slopes from the day before.
Observation by Gregg Oliveri
Did you see any avalanches? No
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No