Ski toured small groups on several runs 5400'-4400' w thru n aspects.
Jan. 19, 2015, 4 p.m. PST
Weather: Light snow all day. Ta= -3 c @ 12:00 @ 5400' Previous wind loading from mod-strong wsw winds sat-sun.
Snowpack: HS @ 5400' = 180cm HS @ 4600' = 110cm Localized whumphs prompted investigation of old/new snow interfaces on various Jan crusts underlying 13-16" of settled storm snow. North aspect @ 5400' ECTN with interface at 40cm down. West aspect @ appx 5100' ECTN with interface at 45cm down. Observed wind loaded pockets in open terrain well below treeline. Stuck with lower angle well supported terrain today.
Area Description: Windy Ridge 1.5 miles NW of Stevens Pass
Observation by Ryan Murray
Did you see any avalanches? No
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No