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Recreational Observation

The meadow on the front side (South facing side ) of Skyline Ridge was barely ski-able and not awesome even toward the end of the day despite the new snow. There is still a surprising about of brush still exposed and an average of 60cm snow pack in the meadow.

Dec. 20, 2014, 6 p.m. PST

Weather: S1 to S2 all day on a warming trend with obscured or overcast skis. The East winds seem to keep the rain at bay at least until our group left the field at 16:00.

Snowpack: The snow pack gets remarkably thicker from the Skyline Ridge parking lot (4080ft) to the top of Skyline Ridge (5200ft) where at the top we observed an HS of 95cm. On the north side we observed 40cm of new storm snow sitting on top of a pair of 2-3cm thick P hard crusts separated by a 2cm 1F+ layer. Under the crusts was another layer of 4F that was 10cm thick and below that; P to the ground. We dug a pit near the top of Skyline Ridge at 5100ft, with a North Aspect on a 25 degree slope our results were: CTV Q1 (SP)@46cm just below the crust CTM Q2 (RP) @46cm on the same layer CTM Q2 (RP) @46cm on the same layer We didn't observe any recent signs in our location of recent previous wind transport.

Area Description: North side of Skyline Ridge, near Stevens Pass

Avalanches: No avalanche observations.

Observation by Ian Nicholson

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No