Cycled low-angle powder fields into Swift Creek
Dec. 22, 2016, 9:30 a.m. PST
Weather: At 8am overcast with high ceiling, 30+ mph Easterly winds. Winter weather moved in at 10:00. Temp hovered around 28F, Large amounts of snow was being transported to west facing slopes
Snowpack: 1.8m snowpack at 4800ft on SE facing slope. Windslab was found 11cm CT11 Q1, and the 12/17 suncrust was buried at 47cm, CT14 Q2 . No propagation of either in ECT. Ski cutting produced no results all day.
Area Description: Skied the East-Southeast aspect of the northern Swift Creek drainage near Mt. Baker
Avalanches: Surprisingly little natural avalanche activity observed in the Table Mtn. and Herman Saddle area viewed from Artist Point. Large cornices were building on west facing slopes above popular touring zones.
Observation by Stephen Ettinger
Did you see any avalanches? No
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No