Recreational Observation

Toured up westerly aspects of east peak and generally skied down our up track. Moderate ski traffic there today and no parties reported any avalanches or sluffing.

Dec. 11, 2016, 4 p.m. PST

Weather: Snow showers in and out today up to S3 at times with calm to light winds out of SW.

Snowpack: CTM with sudden planer results 55cm down in a sheltered location at 6100'. Test repeated several times as part of an AIARE 1 course. Saw little other signs of instability today, except one small pocket (see below) and several ski parties reported no avalanche activity. Most of this slope showed signs of sun and wind effect with a more settled and shallow snowpack. Generally boottop light, dry snow over a more supportable layer. Also, planer moderate results 15cm down on shovel tilt tests.

Area Description: East Peak near Crystal Resort

Avalanches: One avalanche observed on shoulder of Bluebell. D1, natural (possible treebomb trigger), wind slab, unsupported slope above a cliff. Probably happened Saturday morning.

Observation by Shane Robinson

Latitude: 46.994070

Longitude: -121.369743

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No