|In the wind-carved Deadman bowls last Saturday|
Add that to an almost unrelenting wind and it means the backcountry skiing is getting pretty marginal.
Last Saturday and Sunday I went hunting for powder and found a bit on two favorite Little Belt runs ---- O'Brien Creek and Deadman Creek.
Both are in the 8 to 9 mile distance and can be done in less than three hours when you don't have to break heavy powder.
|Avalanche debris field on North Peak in the Highwood Mountains|
That same day, a colleague encountered a couple of fields of avalanche debris in the nearby Highwoods on the steep parts of North Peak's east face.
|A bluebird sky in the Little Belts Sunday|
Great Falls was trapped in an inversion that trapped cold air --- temperatures in the teens --- and gray skies. Just south of Neihart on both days the sun was out, the sky a bluebird, cloudless wonder and temperatures near 30 degrees.
|The snow on O'Brien Creek bottom Sunday|