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Recreational Observation

Snoqualmie Pass

Dec. 31, 2015, 10 a.m. PST

Elevation: Near treeline

Aspect: W

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No

Comments: On the west / leeward side of Tinkham, snow below the rideline was wind loaded for 50 - 100 feet below the crest (at 4.8K), and readily cracked, with limited propagation. This included the upper reaches of the Twin Lakes Couloir / Zipper Chute, which we declined to ski. Descending in the trees on the same aspact further south, the top 6 inches of snow were highly faceted and rotten feeling, but on a stable / solid base.