West Slopes South - South of I-90 to Columbia River
Jan. 24, 2016, 1 p.m. PST
Snowpack: Pit at 6200', ESE aspect. 7 inches of fluff on top of pencil hardness rain affected snow. The crust was generally supportable, fortunately. The rain seemed to have penetrated roughly 30cm. Below that was significantly less hard snow, fist hardness for the first 10 cm below the rain effect, grading downwards into consistently 4 finger snow. ECTX, which was encouraging. we did manage to break the column with additional force after the usual 30 at the rain penetration interface, with a Q3 surface and no propegation. It's not of any significance now, but the new fluffy storm snow on top of the crust consistently showed signs that it wasn't bonding all that well. I'll be keeping my eye on that spot for the next storm.
Area Description: Bullion basin, up to ridgeline. Skiied on E aspect
Avalanches: Saw a couple old avalanches, probably 2 days old. Both on E aspects. One looked to be about a foot deep.
Observation by Skyler Mavor
Did you see any avalanches? No
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No