Recreational Observation

Bullion to Blue Bell Peak down G n' R to Pickhandle Basin

Jan. 6, 2019, 4 p.m. PST

Weather: Remarkably calm considering the wind event that occurred early that morning. Xtal Mountain Top telemetry recorded a 94MPH max gust at 1AM. Sky was switching between OVC and BRK, temp was 20F and it was lightly snowing (S-1) at 10AM. Light to calm winds out of the SW and generally good visibility all day.

Snowpack: Went hunting for the 12/25 SH but never found it. Instead found a myriad of melt freeze crusts that persisted through out the top 60cm. Found what might have been our 12/25 SH at about 65-63cm down but its was very hard to identify and mostly rounded into MFcl. If it was there it's all but gone now. CT and ECT all yielded no results on this layer. See pit profile below for more information. Dug all the way down to our early Dec PWL and found 1F wet rounding depth hoar 2-3mm/s. Minimal wind deposited snow found in the Fog City area of Bullion.

Area Description: Bullion Basin

Avalanches: Several old loose wet avalanches from the 1/3 rain event observed on all aspects below 6400ft.

Observation by Steve Gately

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No