11 feet of snow on Sawtelle Peak at 8,700'

From the FAA road up Sawtelle Peak outside Island Park we were able to see many crown lines and debris piles from the last 2 days of Avalanche Warnings. Most avalanches involved new snow, but there was 1 deep avalanche on Mt. Jefferson's east face that was large (D3). The FAA did avalanche control and an avalauncher round triggered a small, but deep slide (2-5' deep) and a larger explosive on another slope yielded no results. We saw 8 separate avalanches from the road. These were east and north facing, the only aspects available for viewing.

The snowfall totaled 3' and it will take a few days for the snowpack to become more stable. In the meantime, be patient and stay off of steep slopes.

Sawtelle Peak
Advisory Year
Island Park, 2023-03-16