Recreational Observation

Stevens Pass

March 3, 2018, 11 p.m. PST

Weather: Increasing clouds throughout the afternoon with a few hours of precip in the late afternoon and early evening with 1-2mm PPgp falling. Light winds, -1C to -3C observed throughout the afternoon.

Snowpack: Most notably was the 2/13 layer proved more reactive in our snowpack tests than was at Crystal mountain earlier in the week. This layer is roughly 110cm in depth Despite its depth we were able to observed fractures in three of six CT tests (all CTM SP/Q1), as well as a ECTP24, and a PST 48/125cm both on this layer. We we were easily able to find the 2/23 FC layer on solar aspects but it was not present on a NW aspect at 4700ft were we dug our profiles. Other than the FC layer, the upper snow pack is generally progressively more resistant layering gaining stiffness with depth.

Area Description: NW facing knoll above Middle Grace Lake

Observation by Ian Nicholson

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No