Date of Observation: 03/06/2021
Name: Ben Pritchett
Zone: Northwest Mountains
Location: Heli flight along the Elk Mountains Grand Traverse route
Avalanches: Remarkably few recent avalanches. Only observed one fresh Wet Slab avalanche, and no previously unreported Wet Loose avalanches. We saw numerous large Persistent Slab avalanches seen from the mid-February avalanche cycle, but these were primarily restricted to near treeline, in areas of generally weaker, shallower snow cover. High alpine terrain showed few signs of large to very large avalanches. Those Persistent Slab avalanches seen tended to be wind-loaded features lower on the mountain in areas with weaker snow cover. The big alpine paths in the Star Pass area have not yet gone through a major avalanche cycle this season.
Weather: Hot and calm