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Recreational Observation

3600-5600' NE of Stevens Pass Ski Area into Mill Creek and Highway 2 Valleys.

Dec. 27, 2016, 5 p.m. PST

Weather: Moderate to strong winds from west at ridge tops, generally light winds from SSE below. Sky was obscured most of day. S1 in am, S2 in afternoon.

Snowpack: Significant wind transport near ridge tops, primarily from west to east. Stiff, but skiable, wind slab on both sides of ridges, but much more deposition on east. 12/17 crust is down 60 cm and was unreactive in all slope and stability tests. Occasional cracking in windslab in very unsupported places, no whumpfing noted. Ski quality is good in trees. There is 10-15 cm of 4F windslab over fist in most exposed areas over 5000.'

Area Description: Lift-assisted touring well outside ski area near Stevens Pass

Avalanches: Test slopes over 40 degrees on E and NE aspects produced small storm slabs that moved, but not far and broke down 40 cm. Sloughing in steep treed terrain ran quickly.

Observation by John & Olivia Race

Latitude: 47.757906

Longitude: -121.047363

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No