Went up toward the base of the big cliff in the center of the ski area, not to familiar with the area
Dec. 5, 2015, 3 p.m. PST
Weather: DUMPING all day, accumulated like 8 inches during the 6 hours or so we were there
Snowpack: Really nothing down low but once we got up higher the base of the cliff (guessing around 4500 feet) things got a lot more dicy. There was about 3 feet of snow maybe more. The top 8 inches to foot was the obvious storm slab. We dug a pit to the ground and the most notable layer was at the base of the snowpack. Seemed fairly rotten around the rocks probably from the cold spell over thanksgiving. A couple medium strength taps with the shovel got the entire 3 feet to go off of this funky base layer. This was a 3o ish degree slope and I believe it was generally east facing. Things felt pretty hollow once we got up to the higher elevations. I would have taken a picture but my camera died.
Area Description: Alpental Ski area
Avalanches: Didn't see or trigger any other than storm sluff.
Observation by Erik Poulin
Did you see any avalanches? No
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No