Toured up the SE side of Lichtenberg from 3600 to 5700. We took the more conservative line generally sticking to 30 degrees or less with occasional short sections of 35 degrees. Skiing was excellent. We avoided the bigger, steeper lines. Lower slide paths are workable, but still fairly brushy below 4000.
Jan. 7, 2019, 4 p.m. PST
Weather: Snowing lightly with light winds increasing to moderate near the summit and along exposed ridge lines.
Snowpack: 25-35 cm of new snow overlying crust where not wind affected, up to 60 cm near tree line in lee areas. Boot pen was generally near full depth of new snow. No whumpfing of shooting cracks observed and new snow was generally well bonded to crust. Snow depth varies considerably depending on wind exposure. We observed some wind transport at ridgetop and and cross loading from SE to NE enroute. We did drop a few small cornices onto North facing slopes with no results.
Area Description: Lichtenberg Mtn.
Avalanches: No new avalanches observed, but we did observe several very small (size 1, if that) avalanches in areas with significant wind effect, all triggered on test slopes by our group.
Observation by John Race
Did you see any avalanches? Yes
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No