Out in the Big Horns this weekend and saw several natural slides from the last few days. There is a ice layer a few feet down so the danger is high and I'm sure it is all over like you said with snow setting up the last month and finally getting some new on top. Wear your beacons and know how to use them and learn how to read the snow. Even if you can't make it to a class there are lots of videos out there that will atleast give you some basics. The biggest thing IMO is don't let ego get the best of you. If it looks dangerous don't climb it. Being the one to make it to the top is not worth the chance of getting caught in a avalanche.
On another not one of the guys in our groups uncle was out here and had to spend the night on the mtn. Got stuck late in the day with his young son and then with the blowing wind and snow couldn't find his way out so they spent the night tell morning rather then try and find there way out in the dark. Always be prepared for the worst and if something happnes you'll have what you need.
Wear thoose beacons its really dangerous out there. A guy riding in the Kalispell area was buried in a avalanche for 7.5hrs. They are still unclear as to were his beacon was(either on his sled or in his pickup) but he did own one and wasn't wearing it. Some how he managed to survive which is a miracle but didn't sound like he had much longer. Good work to his family and friends that didn't give up on him but think how much less time he would have spent under and how much less trauma he would have had if he had wore his beacon. Ride safe and have fun you can do both.
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