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Recreational Observation

Skinned up the main route on the south side, keeping left of the ravine and the upper slopes that run into the ravine. Ascended the saddle and then up the ridge to the west. Descended the open rocky slots from the central west top. Skied down and then to skiers left to avoid small rock bands below and allow the slough to run out.

March 9, 2019, 12:30 p.m. PST

Weather: Sunny and warming with storm clouds in the distance

Snowpack: Between 2 and 5” on top of crust. Good bonding layers below.

Area Description: South face of Lichtenberg Mtn West

Avalanches: To be expected top layer sloughing. What was unexpected was its delay reaction slowly behind. Then would continue to run long, spread, and pick up more as it traveled. Easy to manage, as long as you knew to keep away from terrain traps and keep distance between group members with good communication. We verbally talked to skiers, from safe space, to describe location of slough relative to skier. This helped the skiers route while managing slough.

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? Yes

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No