From ski area to Lake Susan Jane and then northeast. Mostly between 4200' and 5400', BTL and NTL.
Jan. 24, 2016, 1 p.m. PST
Weather: Temps below freezing all day. Winds light and var. Sky broken becoming few. Some solar effect on westerlies in the afternoon.
Snowpack: 10-15cm new from 1/23 over rain crust from 1/22. Bond to crust was good. Bond below crust to 1/21 snow wasn't so good. Tests would shear at this shallow interface. Overnight wind transport had built wind slab in the HST to a max thickness of ~30cm. These showed minimal reactivity. 1/11 and 1/3 SH were present down about 70 and 100 respectively. These were seen at 4600' and 5200' on northerly slopes. SH produced no results in tests and were seen to be bonding well to consolidated snow above and below them. Ski quality above 4500' was ok given the set up.
Area Description: Stevens Pass, upper Mill Creek drainage
Observation by Nick Pope
Did you see any avalanches? No
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No