Recreational Observation

We skied SE terrain between 5600 and 3800 on SE and E aspects up to 36 degrees and then a short pitch on NW from 5150-4650 on W aspect above Susan Jane Lake up to 32 degrees.

Dec. 29, 2014, 11 a.m. PST

Weather: Air temp was in low 20's and winds were light from the NE. We had mostly clear skies and a lot of solar radiation, but the sun was low enough that things were not crusting up.

Snowpack: 5554' - Top of Polaris Run Stevens Pass. SE facing slope. HS 115cm, Crust is down 47cm and is 11cm thick. Sitting on top of crust is 16 cm of snow from 2 storms back and then 31 cm from last big storm plus the bit accumulated yesterday. Multiple CTM (11,11, and 13) down 31cm. (Q1 Resistant Planar) on large dendritic crystals and graupel. no result on interface between crust and storm snow. No whumpfing, no shooting cracks, some settlement observed around trees (2-3 cm).

Area Description: We toured down the left boundary of Stevens Pass Ski area on the backside. This area had not been skied since the last big storm and had not had any control work done. We were just outside the ski area boundary. We skied this from 5600-3800 and then crossed over to Susan Jane Lake and toured to Christmas Pass and then took a line off the West side of Susan Jane Peak.

Avalanches: None observed. 5-6 skiers took a very aggressive line on the skiers left edge of Highland Bowl and sluffed the top 2-3 inches on the steepest section. Their route went over the main convexity with all the releases at the convexity.

Observation by John Race

Latitude: 47.740299

Longitude: -121.074740

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No