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Recreational Observation

Skied out from Stevens Pass and dug a test pit at 5,800' on a SE aspect. Skied SE to 3600' and then ascended and skied W-NW to Hwy 2. Skied open slopes up to 30 degrees and gladed areas up to 35 degrees.

Jan. 1, 2017, 6 p.m. PST

Weather: Sky-Broken to Overcast. Wind L-M from the East, increasing with the day. Temps hovered around -8 to -10c.

Snowpack: See pit picture below. New snow is fist hardness over 1 finger to pencil below and is rightside up. HS 185cm. Snow pack tests showed weak surface snow down 25 cm with resistant planar shear qualities. ECT test did not propagate. The December PWL layers are still identifiable, but are clearly rounding out. The East wind was actively forming windslabs on ridgetops and crossloads.

Area Description: Stevens Pass Ski Resort BC Terrain.

Avalanches: None. A test slope facing SW with wind effect cracked with skier weight.

Observation by Matt Hartman--Northwest Mountain School

Latitude: 47.728932

Longitude: -121.047363

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No