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Recreational Observation

Ski area base to top of Cowboy with short pokes out of area to South.

Dec. 3, 2015, 1 p.m. PST

Weather: Sky obscured, winds L from SE, no wind transport observed, air temp -4.6C.

Snowpack: @ 5200' on West aspect we found HS 100 cm, HST 20 cm, with a boot pen of 40 cm and a ski pen of 20 cm. These ran on relatively low angled slopes and were both in storm snow and on crust. Roughly 30 cm of 4F to F snow on top of 70 cm of snow with many crusts. The only crust layer that yielded CT results was 50 cm down (under crust) and underlain by 10 cm of 4F. This produced moderate results (RP) We managed to produce shooting cracks up to 5M on wind loaded West slopes above 5000'.

Area Description: Short information gathering tour in and around Stevens Pass.

Avalanches: Noticed several skier triggered slabs (from earlier in day) down 20-30 cm (R1, D1, 15 M wide, ran 30 M) on West aspects near and well off ridge tops in exposed areas. We were able to get small slabs to move even on well shaped slopes.

Observation by John & Olivia Race

Latitude: 47.733540

Longitude: -121.107788

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? Yes

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No