Recreational Observation

We skied numerous aspects in the area from N to E to W.

Feb. 22, 2018, 10 a.m. PST

Weather: Gorgeous sunny day. Cold in shade. Few scattered clouds.

Snowpack: Generally 45-60cm snow above 2/5 crust. The snow failed to form a cohesive slab in some areas. In others, especially solar slopes and slopes with wind effect, the snow was more cohesive. Small-grained facets were present above the crust in most places. There was also a 1-2cm thick faceted layer underneath the crust on most slopes. In a hasty pit on an E aspect: ECTN12 and ECTXx2 on the crust 60cm down, as well as a non-reactive PST on the same facet layer (collapsed only while removing saw). Easy to moderate shovel and hand shears on the 2/5 crust as well as on a deeper interface between crusts and the consolidated lower snowpack ~25cm below the 2/5 crust.

Area Description: Silver Star creek area of WA Pass

Avalanches: Evidence of old slides, probably from last natural cycle. One larger, possibly more recent slide on a steep ENE facing slope looked to be the result of cornice failure but slope was reloaded so could've been from same older cycle.

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No