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Recreational Observation

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

Latitude: 48.784794

Longitude: -121.874570

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No