Yesterday was a cooker! Granite Mountain weather station reached 34 degrees and Brundage Reservoir SNOTEL topped out at 44 degrees. With temperatures that high, and with the temperatures around the area struggling to get below freezing last night, it won't take much solar impact or temperature rise today to soften the snow pack. If you're looking for soft snow start on east or southeast facing terrain and then just follow the sun around, ending on west facing slopes at the end of the day.
This is the time of year where you want to have a plan for your day, and have an exit strategy. In the afternoon when the snow is damp and manky, you will want to stay out from under steep slopes and cornices and have a route back to the truck that avoids terrain traps like gullies and creeks.
With the warm temperatrues, and not too much snow left for transport, the danger of wind slab avalanches is decreasing. If you are hunting for cold snow, and are traveling in high elevation north facing and/or shady aspects, have your wind slab goggles on and be on the lookout for any obvious signs of slab formation. Drummy, pillowy, or chalky looking snow surfaces in the shade will be some of your clues for wind slabs.
Snowmobiler/Snowbiker Travel Restrictions: Please respect these closures and other users recreating in them. Winter Travel Map(East side). You can download the map to the AVENZA app on your phone, and know your exact location while you are out riding. It is your responsiblity to know where closures exist on the forest.
The Granite Mountain Area Closure is in effect Jan15-March 31, please respect Snowcats operating, signed and unsigned closures and other users in this and nearby areas. In addition there are other areas on the Payette National Forest that are CLOSED to snowmobile traffic including Jughandle Mt east of Jug Meadows, North of Boulder Mtn, East of Rapid Peak, North of the 20 mile drainage, Lick Creek/Lake Fork Drainage (on the right side of the road as you are traveling up canyon), and the area north of Brundage Mt Ski area to junction "V" and along the east side of Brundage and Sergeants' Mts. with the exception of the Lookout Rd( junction "S").
Photo 1 is from the edge of the signed Brundage Mt. Ski Area just past the Ski Area parking lot, photo 2 is of sled tracks ignoring Catski terrain signs...there is alot of snow out there folks. Don't be "that" guy on a sled that gives sledders a bad reputation... please respect closures and other users.
The Friends of the Payette Avalanche Center (FPAC) needs YOU! We are in desperate need of more user support and financial assistance. The avalanche forecast is not a guaranteed service, and is in jeopardy of dwindling down to only a couple of days a week in the near future.We have equipment that is overdue for replacement but lack the funds to purchase new gear including weather station parts and our forecast sleds. Please help if you can by clicking the DONATE tab above. If you value this life saving information, make a donation or help the FPAC in raising funds for the future.
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This avalanche advisory is provided through a partnership between the Payette National Forest and the Payette Avalanche Center. This advisory covers the West Central Mountains between Hard Butte on the north and Council Mountain on the south. This advisory applies only to backcountry areas outside established ski area boundaries. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur. This advisory expires at midnight on the posted day unless otherwise noted. The information in this advisory is provided by the USDA Forest Service who is solely responsible for its content.