Cat track up to Artist Pt; skin track south of Table Mt (4800 feet) to the saddle; up over the col from southwest corner of Table mountain, down little Alaska and back to Heather Meadows lot.
March 18, 2016, 5:55 p.m. PST
Weather: Clear and a million, winds generally calm with some stronger easterly winds south of Table on the saddle. Started off quite cold (28) and gradually warmed... Higher elevations remained chilly with limited thermal activity due to a high thin cloud layer, but the Basin warmed up significantly by 1400 or so.
Snowpack: Generally right-side up, with a 1-3 inch un-breakable! crust (early in the morning) on southerly aspects, particularly the south faces of Table and Herman. Wind loaded slopes on most southwest to northwest-facing aspects. Test of a roughly 40 degree (small) northwest slope yielded no results and AWESOME powder. Similar results were found on the north face of Table Mt near little Alaska. Cornices abound though... Big ones! On northwest and west sides of ridges, including Table Mt.
Area Description: Table Mt / Bagley Lakes Basin
Avalanches: Avalanches from (presumably) yesterday's big warmup... Most of the south face of Table Mt shows the aftermath of large loose-wet slides. Nothing was moving this morning. Several point releases were beginning to occur from the south face of Herman by mid-afternoon, and interestingly there were some loose-wet point releases on northwest aspects around the basin.
Observation by Erin Lietzan
Did you see any avalanches? Yes
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No