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Recreational Observation

West Slopes South - South of I-90 to Columbia River

Feb. 6, 2016, 3 p.m. PST

Snowpack: We encountered repeated, obvious woomphing on low angle slopes that had been wind loaded on a SE aspect near the ridgeline. A quick hand shear where the woomphing occured suggested that failure was at the old rain crust at ~40 cm. Widespread wind effect is visible and personally I would not trust any wind loaded slopes through tomorrow. CT with no results at ~5500' and ECT at ~6200' on East Peak SW facing slopes without wind loading. ECTN 14 in older storm snow at 20cm with Q3 poor quality.

Avalanches: Not our party, but another group reportedly witnessed a D2 windslab avalanche on a steep north facing wind loaded slope near a ridge line in the bowl south of Norse Peak. Unclear if this was natural or remotely triggered.

Observation by Skyler Mavor

Latitude: 46.937702

Longitude: -121.450145

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No