West Slopes North - Canadian Border to Skagit River
Nov. 16, 2016, noon PST
Weather: Clouds rolling in and out, very light wind. Few light snow flurries.
Snowpack: Consolidated enough base below permanent snow allowed worry free skiing. Windblown from Tuesday with convexities holding only a few inches of the new snow and concavities holding closer to a foot or eighteen inches, somewhat wind-packed. Some cracking was noticed when skiing steep loaded pockets.
Area Description: Popular early season touring area on Western side of Heliotrope ridge. Near point/ridge known as the "lightning rod" which separates the main area from the Grouse Creek drainage.
Avalanches: Partner triggered a 80 ft wide, few inch deep dry slab at the apex of a steep wind-scoured rollover. Slab ran length of short slope ~100ft. Skier noticed and outran slide, though the debris was only about a foot deep at the bottom of the short slope.
Observation by Alex Stoll
Did you see any avalanches? Yes
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No