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Recreational Observation

Skinned up through the trees until tree cover subsided and then skied down. Made three laps total.

Dec. 30, 2018, noon PST

Weather: Heavy snowfall from 10:00am until around 1:00pm, then clear skies. No wind. Possible accumulation of 3” while skiing.

Snowpack: Distinct layering at 20cm and 35cm below the surface. 20cm of fresh, light snow sat upon what seemed to be a more consolidated snowpack than we were expecting. Snow was relatively firm below the 20cm layer before reaching a 35cm crust that was of a styrofoam level firmness. After performing two extended column tests we found no significant propagation of weaknesses. Some cracking appeared after 10 weak strikes and 8 moderate strikes, with crumbling thereafter. No whumping or cracking occurred while touring or skiing. While the snowpack felt firm under skins, after transitioning we found ourselves falling into thigh-deep pow at times. After three of the best runs of our lives we went home for beer.

Area Description: South facing aspect of Pick Handle Point. Slopes skied were angled around 30 degrees.

Avalanches: No evidence of avalanche activity.

Latitude: 46.913692

Longitude: -121.459554

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No