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Recreational Observation

Skinned from ski area to Christmas Tree Bowl and descended to resort.

Jan. 15, 2016, 4:48 p.m. PST

Weather: Light snow all day, below freezing temps, calm to light winds.

Snowpack: New layers from the last 3 days are upside down and thicker wind slabs forming on leeward aspects. Some have formed distinct hard slabs.

Area Description: NW Facing. 5600' outside ski resort.

Avalanches: We saw a N-R2-D2 (maybe remote triggered as well) on a NW face at 5600'. The slop angle was 30-35 degrees at its steepest. The wind slab failed on collapsed SH layer from Jan 3. Hand shears at the crown fracture showed easy shears Q1 SP. The windslab was twice as thick as the uniform new snow on other aspects. This begs the question how reactive will this SH layer elsewhere with another 1" of H20 on it where windslabs are currently not present?

Observation by Matt Hartman

Latitude: 47.714896

Longitude: -121.066589

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No