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Recreational Observation

Stevens Nordic Center to Lanham Lake to 5600' saddle to Jim Hill Summit with exit via Henry Creek then up to saddle at 5650', then up Jim Hill with exit via Henry Creek. Being guides we had know how bad it was....it was bad....but clear cuts East of Henry Creek are skiing well.

Dec. 28, 2015, 6 p.m. PST

Weather: 6425' Snowing lightly (S-1), Calm winds, Air Temp of -8C, in and out of soup all day, pretty flat light above 5500'.

Snowpack: 6425' HS 225cm, 10 cm from past 24 hours. Found 12-9 crust down 120 cm. Open slopes noticeably stiffer from windslab. Foot pen 40 cm, more in trees and sheltered areas. Significant findings in CT's were Moderate results down 25 cm in storm snow and hard results down 45 on decomposing precip particles. Remained conservative, but felt very good about stability. No surface hoar observed.

Area Description: Jim Hill Tour - East of Stevens Pass (US Highway 2)

Avalanches: No whumpfing, no shooting cracks, no naturals, no evidence of any avalanches with exception of 1 deep (4') D2-3 (ran 400', 125' wide) on East slopes below cliff band at 5400 that appeared to have happened many days ago as a result of either cornice or loose snow slides.

Observation by John & Olivia Race

Latitude: 47.740682

Longitude: -121.004362

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No