Recreational Observation

Stevens Pass

March 21, 2019, 6 p.m. PST

Weather: Warm, scattered high clouds with a light breeze.

Snowpack: On a steep southeast aspect at 4,400ft found water had made its way all the way through the snowpack. Could not initiate loose wet slides from the top of a road cut at 15:00, but was unwilling to go onto any steep similar slopes as boot pen was about 60cm. On northwest at 4,400ft, upper 10cm of snowpack was wet, with moist snow down to about 40cm. Boot pen 35cm. Found the 2/8 layer down 80cm with still easily identifiable surface hoar and rounding facets. Something to keep in mind later this spring when water does make it down to this layer. Much of the upper north facing slopes off Rock Mtn, Mastiff, and Howard look clean, though anything steep with an east, south, or west aspect likely has debris in it.

Area Description: Rainy Pass from Lake Wenatchee

Avalanches: No very recent slides observed, but these likely occurred earlier in the week or last weekend: A handful of large loose wet slides had crossed the Smithbrook rd below Union Peak on South aspects at about 4,200ft. Debris was large and chunky as these slides gouged into older snow. A few large loose wet slides in some southeast slopes above Smithbrook rd just east of Jove Peak. These didn't come down to the road, but they did have some snowmobile tracks near them. Southeast side of Dirtyface had some very large, and fairly long running loose wet debris which gouged to near the ground. Some smaller loose wet off a northeast aspect of Nason Ridge above Lake Wenatchee at about 3,800ft.

Observation by Matt Primomo

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No