Smash and grab
Jan. 9, 2019, 7 a.m. PST
Weather: OVC, NO, Calm, None, -2 and rising.
Snowpack: HS 45-85cm. HST 20cm. MFcr had poor bonds with recent storm snow. Wind slabs formed by east winds on N/NW aspects as deep as 45cm. Slabs were reactive in skin track and skiing. Plenty of cracking, one sudden ~10m collapse. Didn't formally dig/test for any near surface facets from early Jan snow events, so my ob of storm snow on melt-freeze may be a false negative for weak layer presence. Red flags: Cracking and poor structure with recent wind slabs on MFcr could be an issue. Upcoming warming to 7000'+ snow line should naturally sort it out on steep, low elevation slopes. Get the soft goods while they last.
Area Description: E/NE slope, to 38 degrees, <3800', Icicle Creek area
Avalanches: Small wind slabs running locally (picture)
Observation by Nate Hough-Snee
Did you see any avalanches? No
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No