Jon Miller was snowmo-boarding with some guys around Ketchum, Idaho. The snow had settled a little bit from the day before, but there were visual affirmations of the previous day’s conditions on steep east-facing slopes. They saw several slides that ran wide and long, right at and above treeline.
“Unfortunately there were a few too many red flags that afternoon to make dropping in worth the risk: the storm slab was less than 12 hours old, with some wind loading, some natural avy activity, and a pretty steep entry near rocks, where the snowpack was shallow,” said Jon. “Even if the slope didn’t avalanche and they got great shots, it would still have been risky decision-making.”
The great thing about being a “hybrid” snowmobiler/snowboarder, is that there are plenty of options on any given day.
Read Jon Miller’s story: #unepicadventures: Sun Valley Downhill Missions Aborted, Snowmobiling Instead!