North aspect, approaching the end if tree line and extending well below. Slides observed lookers right of gun barrel
Dec. 20, 2014, 12:45 p.m. PST
Weather: Moderate winds, mostly westerly in valley. Moderate to heavy snowfall. Did not monitor temps, but did not sense a large rise.
Snowpack: Cohesive storm slabs, poor bonds between store layers. Apparent low density snow in areas below storm slabs.
Area Description: North aspect, 25-35 degree slopes, upper portion near the end if tree line.
Avalanches: Found natural release with 18-24" crown ~200 feet across. Descending ridge I worked left to next high point across a shelf. Sympathetically triggered 8" slab, minimal run out due to low slope angle. Next skier trended right away from convex roll above concave slope which released. While skiing straight his pressure released slab across slope to where mine had been, around 12" and 30' wide. This released a second slab, stepped down further up slope to apex of convex roll, 24-30" crown to rain crust. Appeared to be all new storm layers. Similar results all the way down slope, well in to dense trees. Compression and shooting cracks on even flat terrain in woods.
Observation by Nick Drake
Did you see any avalanches? Yes
Did you trigger any avalanches? Yes
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No