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Although the skiing and riding conditions are great in Montana's backcountry, the snow stability is not, according to the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center.

A report from the Bridger Bowl Snow Safety patrol, which toured the Bridger Range Tuesday, found snow conditions that apply to the center's entire forecast area. The patrol found that faceted snow near the ground is not to be trusted.

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"It did not matter what aspect or elevation, whether it was wind-loaded or not, there was consistency in the underlying weakness and instability of the snowpack," Doug Chabot wrote in his Wednesday morning report.

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