Pineapple Basin ski tour, north to northeast aspects from 3240' to 5200'.
Dec. 16, 2016, 1 p.m. PST
Weather: Clear to partly cloudy, calm winds, 10 degrees F.
Snowpack: Powder snow from parking at 3240' to bench at 4450'. Firm, wind and / or sun-crusted snow with 5 inches of powder on top throughout Pineapple Basin from 4500' to 5200'.
Area Description: Alpental Valley backcountry.
Avalanches: No avalanche signs - no whoomping, shooting cracks, settling, or debris noted, even below steep couloirs north of the Tooth. However, extensive hoar frost was noted throughout Pineapple Basin.
Observation by Bryan Lobel
Did you see any avalanches? No
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No