We toured near Grace Lakes during an AIARE Level 1 course
Jan. 24, 2015, 2 p.m. PST
Weather: Obscured for most of the day with light mist, decreasing in the late afternoon.
Snowpack: The snowpack can be characterized by varying levels of moisture content, ranging from moist to very wet, where liquid water is easily visible without magnification and the snow can be "rung out". In the upper snowpack we observed no layers we would qualify as dry. We dug a snow pit on a west facing, 25 degree slope at 4300ft where our results were 2x CTH Q2 down 38cm, 2x CTH Q3 down 38cm all failing on a 2cm thick 4F very wet, nearly slush layer above a crust (P). We also observed snow pit test scores of ECTX, CTN, RB7. We found the January 15 crust down 54cm at our location. Our HS at this location was 115cm, ski pen 10cm, boot pen 40cm.
Area Description: Stevens Pass, Grace Lakes, 4300ft
Avalanches: We didn't observe any avalanches from the previous nights rainfall but this is mostly a result of our poor overall visibility.
Observation by Ian Nicholson & Chris Meder
Did you see any avalanches? No
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No