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
Did you see any avalanches? No
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No