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Recreational Observation

Skied treed slopes from 5,200' to 4,200'.

Dec. 18, 2016, 6 p.m. PST

Weather: Calm to Light Westerly winds. Sky overcast with increasing cloud cover through the day. Light snow at times. Temps: High -4c, low -6.5c.

Snowpack: Dug a pit on S-SE aspect at 4,800'. December 8 PWL is getting harder to find in pits, but is still evident down 57cm. ECT test did not propagate, though the December 8 layer failed with a shovel pull after the test was completed across the column. At that spot the weak layer was flat SH. Snow surface was a mix of small SH, DF and PPsd. A light freezing rain crust formed around 11am at that elevation as well, which was very thin.

Area Description: 1 mile East of Stevens Pass. Elevations between 5,200' and 3,600'. N-NW aspects. AIARE Level 1 with the Northwest Mountain School.

Avalanches: None. No signs of instability.

Observation by Matt Hartman

Latitude: 47.748096

Longitude: -121.003418

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No