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Recreational Observation

North/Northeast couloir 1500' to 4500' to 50-degrees. Large unfrozen water zone crossed.

March 9, 2019, 8 a.m. PST

Weather: Sunny, cold (-5C), and clear, light east winds, no transport, no precip.

Snowpack: Persistent cool temps have reduced the strength of the overlying slab on sheltered aspects. Recently faceted surface snow was present from 1600' up. In some locations, the entire 'pack has faceted to the 8 FEB crust/facets (~100cm down), with very large facets (2-3mm) below the crust. Current snowpack structure is skiing nicely, but may not bond well should an actual storm arrive with some water. Forecasted lower elevation warming should favor wet loose in the roadside zones and eventually consolidate the pack.

Area Description: Tumwater Canyon - Swift Creek

Avalanches: Point releases on solar rocks were common on east and south. Sluffs were running 50-100 m on north when skied and further in gully features, D1.5-D2 depending on terrain. No slab avalanches, all wet/dry loose slides.

Observation by Nate Hough-Snee

Latitude: 47.645977

Longitude: -120.740079

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? Yes

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No