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Recreational Observation

Mount Margaret via Wolfe Creek and Rocky Run

Dec. 31, 2018, 5 p.m. PST

Weather: Sunny and cool with valley clouds. Stunning day with excellent travel conditions.

Snowpack: 4-8” settled powder on supportable rain crust with newly developed surface hoar in sheltered bowls and meadows. Somewhat recent wind drifts around ridgelines created small cornices and isolated wind slabs in terrain traveled. Was able to get a small amount of cracking near ridgelines but didn’t get any results on small test slopes. Either way, stayed away from the loaded slopes in avalanche terrain.

Area Description: Rampart/Keechelus Ridge

Avalanches: A few very small point releases noted on steep southerly aspects, fewer and smaller than expected with the sunny weather and new snow. My resolution is to submit more obs in 2019 and renew my NWAC membership (you should too!). Great work to all the staff and volunteers, so excited by the recent changes and more detailed forecasts.

Observation by Rusty M

Latitude: 47.383057

Longitude: -121.338973

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No