Recreational Observation

Entered from HRM lot gained ridge line via common route. Traveled to approx 6500 ft till treeline.

Dec. 19, 2015, 11:15 a.m. PST

Weather: Clear and Sunny. Air temp at car was 30. At treeline winds gusty with snow transport N, NE direction.

Snowpack: Left my study kit at home. Taken from voice notes. No temps sorry. Total snow depth 160cm. CT9Q3 at 130cm. Rest of pit revealed a combination layers of F and 4F. Rounds and decomp. snow. Approx 40' slope. Elevation 5570ft. The open ridge line appeared to present today's forecasted problems.

Area Description: Ridge line that lays between Newton and Clark Creek drainages. Just North off the HRM lot.

Avalanches: Interesting to see a multiple day old slide debri within the trees at the first hill that the common track encounters when leaving the flats from Heather Canyon. Steep enough to slide. 40' ish. Diminishing tree cover and anchors in that area. Poss crown the last 20 ft of the hill. Running to the bottom. 50 to 75ft wide. 100ft run. 12" slab approx. Old ski tracks in the area. Unk if accidental or natural trigger ? What surprised me was the very noticeable multiple slab remnants. It seemed that it had propagated around anchors. The rain had affected the snow and it was something I had to stare at for a moment to appreciate what was looking at. Today was day 13 of the season touring and been close to the area all last week. Reinforced to me that things get spatial. I had always felt that area was reasonably wind protected. Not the findings I found one ridge line away North from this spot last week. Interested know if anybody saw it go or had triggered it with a ski cut ?

Observation by Heiko Stopsack

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No