Recreational Observation

Table Mt>Ptarmigan Ridge>East + West Portals>Park Glacier HW ascent>Boulder Glacier descent w/ traverse into Park Glacier>Mazama, Roosevelt + Coleman Glaciers

May 2, 2016, 8 p.m. PST

Weather: Mostly sunny and warm both days with high clouds evening of 5/2. Moderate to strong E'ly winds up high on Baker 5/1. Winds became S'ly that evening and started working down into lower elevations but lessened in intensity. No significant snow transport observed.

Snowpack: The spx in this area has mostly transitioned to a consolidated, summer spx throughout the terrain. Boot + ski pen vary by aspect and elevation, time of day, freezing level and winds. The highest terrain did not thaw above 10,000' on E>S aspects on 5/2 due to S'ly winds. Many of the large cornices in this area have fallen off but some remain.

Area Description: 2-day traverse from Heather Meadows to Glacier Creek TH via Mt. Baker

Avalanches: No recent avalanches observed. We did see about 8 to 10 slab and loose wet avalanches up to D2 in Above Treeline terrain on NW through E aspects. Occurrence appeared to be during warming events from the past few weeks as bed surfaces and crowns were melted out a bit. Most crowns were 2'-3' deep. All observed avalanches seemed to be triggered by cornice and/or rock fall.

Observation by Lee Lazzara

Latitude: 48.798683

Longitude: -121.799083

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No