January 2, 2018 Alpine WY, Rockin’ M Ranch Snow Report

January 2, 2018 Alpine, Wyoming Snow Report Rockin’ M Ranch
I wish I could say much has changed but the “predicted” storm a few days ago went North. Predictions are for light mountain snow coming in Thursday night and a better chance for a significant storm over the weekend. Currently the snowtels are still showing, for the Snake River Basin, total precipitation at 98% and snow water equivalent at 113%. For any decent riding you will have to get over 8000 feet. Some high elevation options are Willow Creek and N. Willow Creek (Bedford), Smith Fork (South end of Afton), and the Blind Bull area (if your skills can get you around the slide). Be careful! Conditions are unstable on some aspects. Here is a current avalanche report:

A high pressure ridge brought clear skies and a temperature inversion to western Wyoming today. Temperatures rose into the teens and 20s in the mountains. Westerly winds increased to 15 to 25 with gusts to 35 miles per hour and caused areas of blowing snow along the peaks.

The snowpack remains unstable on steep avalanche prone slopes. Skiers in the southern Teton Range today reported dozens of collapses (whumphs), observed shooting cracks and triggered a two foot deep slab avalanche on a southeast aspect at an elevation of 9,160 feet.
FORECAST FOR Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Skies will remain mostly clear and the temperature inversion will strengthen overnight. West winds will veer to the northwest and remain strong as an Alberta Clipper weather system tracks to our northeast. Skies will be mostly sunny on Tuesday. Temperatures will rise into the 20s. Winds will relax and become light and variable.

The snowpack remains unstable on steep slopes that have not already avalanched. Dangerous slab avalanches two to four feet in depth can be triggered by the weight of a single person or after a slope has been crossed by previous skiers or riders. The general avalanche hazard is expected to be CONSIDERABLE above an elevation of 7,500 feet. Expert terrain analysis skills and conservative terrain choices are essential for safe travel in avalanche terrain. Small avalanches are possible on isolated terrain features at the lower elevations where the general avalanche hazard is expected to be LOW.