Recreational Observation

We skied up to about treeline and back down near the skin track.

Jan. 9, 2019, 4:15 p.m. PST

Weather: Light to moderate snow throughout the day. For a little bit we could see part of silver star and the liberty bell group. Then the clouds lowered.

Snowpack: We dug a snow profile on a 27 degree slope at 5600 ft SSE aspect near treeline on the middle of the rib. We didn’t see any signs of wind transporting snow. Though the top inch or two of snow was slightly more dense than what was below it, a very soft slab. At about 40 cm there was a 5 cm crust. This was thicker and closer to the surface lower down in elevation. At about 65 cm we found surface hoar which collapsed at 22 and 23 hits in a compression test. In two extended column tests this neither collapsed nor propogated. When pulling with my shovel it roughly broke and slid, in the photo.

Area Description: Delancey at about 5600 ft. South southeast aspect. Near tree line. Middle of rib.

Avalanches: No signs of avalanches. No shooting cracks or whoomphing.

Observation by Brandon Bertelsen

Latitude: 48.604575

Longitude: -120.614624

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No