Up new chair, into lakes, up ridge line, through trees, conservative route selection with hazard avoidance approach due to heavy prec and warming.
Dec. 20, 2014, 3 p.m. PST
Weather: 36 raining (R5) in parking lot, mixed at 5K, heavy snow up to 6K. Wind SE avg 15, max 40. 32 w/ overcast at 6.5K with in/out prec (S5).
Snowpack: Complex. 4 layers in play: 10cm storm, 30cm previous, 60cm weekly. Faceting and temp variants down to 60cm. Snowpack 100cm
Area Description: Crystal Mt Resort, Silver Basin
Avalanches: whooping (collapsing 60cm facet layer) in places and cracks on slopes. Older naturals.
Observation by Andy Hill
Did you see any avalanches? Yes
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No