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Recreational Observation

Up NW gunsight ridge to ridgetop, skied down to Badger lake on SE aspect, ascended Badger butte to ridgetop, skiing NW aspect back to the lake, returning by reversing route.

Feb. 2, 2016, 2 p.m. PST

Weather: Few clouds, becoming scattered around 15:00. Calm, no precip. Moderate sun effect on SE aspect, warming snow surface to produce small rollerballs.

Snowpack: Storm snow from the weekend consolidated to 25-30cm, and recrystallized under clear skies. Very low density noncohesive snow, sluffing readily on slopes >40d. SE slopes with 1 cm zipper crust, becoming warm and wet in the afternoon. Observed 0.5-1.0 cm surface hoar on shaded N-W aspects with significant spacial variability. In som cases this was growing atop a zipper crust as well.

Area Description: Gunsight Ridge and Badger Butte

Avalanches: Observed rollerballs and point releases on road cuts, SE aspects, and across the valley on Elk Mountain. No significant releases.

Observation by Patrick Fink

Latitude: 45.304998

Longitude: -121.570158

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No