Recreational Observation

Ascended through trees on W aspect, skiing one unsheltered run around 5000' before making a rising traverse to a NW aspect at 5500' and skiing to the valley floor.

Feb. 4, 2016, 11 a.m. PST

Weather: 8/8 sky w/West wind 20-35 mph. Snowing 1.5 cm/hr at 9:45 becoming wet ice particulate at 10:30. Rain first noted at 11:15 at 5000'.

Snowpack: 20-40cm F/4F storm snow well-bonded to underlying crust, with 1-2cm saturated surface snow. Two planar density changes noted within the storm snow failed readily in hasty pits and CT1Q2 down 9 cm, but these fist-4f storm slabs showed no propagation, just progressive compression on extended column. Below the rain line the top 15cm was completely saturated and dripping, sporting roller balls > 2ft in diameter. Some dryer snow and small windslabs were noted in only the steepest, most protected areas within the trees, and they are likely being rained on right now. Observed hazard moderate becoming considerable as the snow saturates. Riding conditions were bad to worse.

Area Description: Gunsight Ridge , W-NW facing slopes 4000'-5700'

Observation by Patrick Fink

Latitude: 45.305430

Longitude: -121.582904

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No