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Recreational Observation

Traveled from Hwy 20 along the PCT for a little bit before traveling up the drainage to the snowfield below Cutthroat Peak. Spent the day skiing the couloir in the middle of the bowl and above that area.

May 7, 2016, 2:31 p.m. PST

Weather: Clear and in the 80s.

Snowpack: Around 5-7 feet deep throughout the bowl. Very soft corn snow. Cornices along on north facing of ridgeline.

Area Description: The bowl to the Northwest of Cutthroat Peak

Avalanches: One debris field already present when we arrived (to right of attached image). At 2:30 p.m., we were at the bottom of the bowl when we heard a loud crack from the top of the ridge to the west of Cutthroat peak. It must have been a cornice breaking, which caused an avalanche. This wet, loose avalanche picked up speed as it was funneled into the narrower terrain below the ridge, and picked up even more snow, and slowed as it opened up into the bowl. Traveled more than 1000 feet into the bowl, where we had been standing earlier in the day.

Observation by Nikolaj Lasbo

Latitude: 48.527030

Longitude: -120.708890

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No