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Recreational Observation

Kendall fun zone via coal creek

Jan. 1, 2019, 12:01 p.m. PST

Weather: Sunny transitioning to high overcast by end of day. High of 33.

Snowpack: Did an isolated column test at elevation of 5300' on S-facing aspect. Solar affected powder with some surface hoar in places. 4" thick rain crust is buried about 10-12" below the surface. The most recent storm snow slid on top of the rain crust at CT-14 and was not a clean shear. We were surprised to see a deeper slope failure that we assume is the infamous deep persistent layer that slid on CT-20 and was not a clean shear. Of note, I did the same test on a N-facing aspect at 6000 feet on 12/31 in the Stevens area and noted the same deep layer that was much more reactive and with a cleaner sheer than the one I observed today at Snoqualmie.

Area Description: Lots of rollerballs on S facing slopes and signs of previous debris buried underneath most recent storm snow. No cracks or whumphing noted.

Avalanches: None observed.

Observation by Ryan Kuhar

Latitude: 47.390574

Longitude: -121.413232

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No