Recreational Observation

Stevens Pass

Feb. 18, 2016, 1 p.m. PST

Weather: Broken skies, winds light to mod with light to mod blo sno. Some solar effect but limited. Snow showers to S1 at times. 5400' at 1300 it was -1 C.

Snowpack: 10cm HST from 2/17-2/18 on 30-50cm of rain saturated MF. 2/17 surface unfrozen up to about 5200' where it was slightly supportive. In the dark timber with less HST it was quite firm, ski crampons could be good. Open areas without avy debris and tree bombs skied well. Descending on steeper open slopes, 35-40deg, the upper 20-30cm would cut out and run quite far as loose wet. Wind slabs were present near ridgetop to max thickness 20cm; isolated and minimally reactive. Storm snow not copious enough to be a slab problem.

Area Description: Stevens Pass, Skyline Ridge area

Avalanches: Small but heavy loose wets, skier triggered on steep features, E aspect, ~5000'. A couple small loose wet naturals from last 12 hours on NW aspect ~5000'.

Observation by Nick Pope

Latitude: 47.766882

Longitude: -121.107123

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? Yes

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No