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Recreational Observation

Sno-park to the saddle (4750'), onward to the top of the south butte (5300'), through mature forest. This observation was taken at a flat spot at 5300'.

March 15, 2019, 10:45 a.m. PST

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Weather: C winds with L gusts from ESE, -FEW clouds, 5 deg C temp, NO precip, NONE blowing snow

Snowpack: HS 245cm, PS 5cm, PF 25cm. Highly variable snow surface conditions below treeline. The majority of terrain under tree cover consisted of tree bomb, icy, irregular lumps. Spots that had yet to be tree bombed held decent soft snow. Areas with larger openings in the canopy had a 2cm thick breakable sun crust with what appeared to be 1.5-3mm facets on top (see photo + video). The biggest hazards were skiing the abhorrent snow conditions, and moving beneath the hundreds of trees each holding a giant Sword of Damocles (huge balls of heavy snow that haven't yet fallen off).

Area Description: South Frog Lake Butte

Avalanches: None observed.

Observation by Alexander Vasarab

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No