East Slopes Central - Lake Chelan to South of I-90
Jan. 30, 2016, noon PST
Weather: Below freezing all day. Sky clear to few. Winds light by mid day. Moderate blowing snow early, light to none by mid day.
Snowpack: 10 cm new from 1/29 sitting on crust. Crust varies from easily to non-breakable with elevation and exposure. Lots of wind scouring and deposition near and above tree line. Wind slab encountered tended to be 10-20cm thick, up to 40cm in isolated pockets. Some snow still available for trasport but its hidden in sheltered areas. At 6000' above Clara Lake found 1/3 and 1/11 SH down 60cm and 50cm respectively. 1/3 SH still had obvious 10mm grains and gave an ECTP 26. 1/11 SH was more rounded and showed no result on testing.
Area Description: Clara Lake, Mission Peak. 4600' - 6800'
Avalanches: No recent avs observed. Saw one full depth that released from a very steep rock face, north aspect at 5800', that I don't believe was there on Wednesday. Approx. 20'x40'x3'.
Observation by Nick Pope
Did you see any avalanches? No
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No