Toured up to Artist Point and observed wind loading on many atypical aspects. Our group decided to ski into the Bagley Lakes basin via Blueberry Chutes on the North aspect of Table Mountain.
Jan. 2, 2017, 11:30 a.m. PST
Weather: Clear, cold, gusty ridge top winds
Snowpack: Right side up, deep powder where not wind scoured. Terrain on and near ridges in the near treeline zone was wind loaded and we did encounter some stiff wind slab while travelling. Large cornices are building with recent snow and winds. We found good stability overall, other than some thin wind slab that appeared reactive on steep slopes.
Area Description: Artist Point & Table Mountain near Mt. Baker Ski Area
Avalanches: Observed a small, skier triggered wind slab on a steep NE slope of Table Mountain and a small, natural slide on a S facing slope on Mt. Herman.
Did you see any avalanches? Yes
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No