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Recreational Observation

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

Latitude: 47.546640

Longitude: -121.668091

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No