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Recreational Observation

Ascended and skied W aspect off Blue Bell Pass, then over to Pickhandle Ridge N aspect.

March 9, 2019, 1:30 p.m. PST

Weather: Partly cloudy, light winds, no precip.

Area Description: Crown Point/Pickhandle Ridge

Avalanches: Loose dry entraining surface snow on steep terrain. S and W aspects warmed and fresh snow (8-10 inches) became heavy as the day progressed however no slab releases on ski cuts (small roller balls). NE aspect at 6200 foot convex ridgetop produced 40 foot wide wind slab release 12-16 inches deep on ski cut, ran through trees and entrained snow in it’s path, moving approx 300 feet. Lots of other ski cuts at this elevation and aspect produced no other slab results, otherwise minimal loose dry. Did note a wide crown estimated to be 1-2 feet deep on steep W facing convex roller just north off the Crown Point ridge, appeared to be natural release. North facing and non wind affected snow skied very well.

Observation by Ryan Minton

Latitude: 46.918009

Longitude: -121.469552

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? Yes

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No