Jan. 4, 2017, 1 p.m. PST
Weather: Clear sky's, temp 3 degrees (estimated ) wind 090 lite increased intensity at higher elevations. Observed huge snow plumes blowing off the higher peaks of the Cascades (Big Jim) loading west aspect slopes.
Snowpack: Dug a pit and preformed a compression colum test. Pit was on a east aspect 120 degrees at 5000 feet. The snow showed much less defined crust/facet layers than observed in other areas. The snow was right side up, with about eight inches ski penatration. There was a CT15 at 6 cm Q2 and a CT22 at 50cm Q2. At lower elevations (blow 3000) there was a non supportable crust with 6cm new on top.
Area Description: Dirtyface mt
Observation by Jamie Tackman
Did you see any avalanches? No
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No