Recreational Observation

Elevation Range = 5800' - 4800' on backside Cowboy Ridge.

Dec. 8, 2016, 12:30 p.m. PST

Weather: No Precip, broken sky, pleasant in the sun on the south side of the ridge, frigid on the ridge top w/ strong easterly winds.

Snowpack: Sun crust developing on S aspects. ~ 1.5 cm thick but still skiing well. Wind transported snow made for variability in where the crust was/was not exposed. Of note despite the extended period of cold temps we did not observe SH formation in any of the areas we skied (including N. Aspect untracked snow above ski area). Avg HS 130-150. Dug snow profile @ 5190'. Defined temperature in upper 50 cm of snowpack. Right-side up snowpack structure. No repeatable results for snowpack tests.

Area Description: Backside of Cowboy Ridge - Tunnel Creek Zone

Avalanches: We released a very small wind loaded pocket on top of the sun crust (@~ 5,000'). This was a very clean shear and is interesting when thinking of the new snow loading that crust.

Observation by Olivia Race

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No