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Recreational Observation

Ptarmigan Ridge - Baker Backcountry

Dec. 26, 2015, noon PST

Weather: Mostly cloudy with light snow. Moderate winds out of the south near ridge lines. Wind is transporting lots of light surface snow onto lee aspects. Cold and cloudy conditions kept southerly aspects soft. Great for skiing and riding, but also lots of light snow available for transport.

Snowpack: Wind effected surface snow above tree line. Still lots of soft, unconsolidated snow in protected areas. New snow from this last week doesn't seem to be settling much with the cold temps. Trail-breaking not getting any easier.

Area Description: Exposed convexity near treeline. North aspect. 35 - 40 degrees.

Avalanches: Eased into a convexity in an area known as Kootenay Trees just north of Ptarmigan Ridge. Triggered a D1.5 windslab that ranged from 8 inches to almost 2 feet in parts of the crown. Wind quickly began rebuilding the slab. Also observed a skier triggered D2 storm slab on the north face of Table Mountain skier's left of a feature known as the prow. Avalanche occurred in steep terrain (~45 degrees), and obviously happened today.

Observation by John Minier

Latitude: 48.839872

Longitude: -121.723816

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? Yes

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No