We skied N facing shots into the basin. Approached from just north of ski area.
Dec. 15, 2015, 3:39 p.m. PST
Weather: Sunny, mostly clear. Low winds. Below freezing.
Snowpack: Thin cover. There is a rain crust from one week ago that has wet rounds below. Not as cohesive below the crust as on Stevens. Wind scouring was evident on W facing slopes with cross loading transport along ridges. Surface hoar from the last 24-48 hours was formed and consistent on all open areas. Solar aspects were softening as the day went on and will likely develop a light crust overnight. See photo below for surface hoar.
Area Description: Stemilt Basin
Avalanches: We saw on old crown on a N facing slope at 5500. It looks like it ran before the last storm cycle in a 35+ degree meadow. It was likely a D2, but hard to tell with new snow above. We also saw a small wind slab that was skier triggered at a similar elevation.
Observation by Matt Hartman
Did you see any avalanches? Yes
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No