Recreational Observation

Skied nordic ski trails and some low angle off-piste terrain out of Blewett Pass.

Jan. 8, 2017, 1 p.m. PST

Weather: Cloudy with snowfall. 5" of new snow fell over 6 hours while we were out there. Winds around 20-25 mph. There was blowing snow.

Snowpack: 61 cm of mostly unconsolidated snow. A new storm slab was forming with a depth of 10cm at 1pm. Burped the baby with the shovel to test a crust interface discovered at 31 cm from the top. It didn't fail, but there was a Q1 on another crust layer 34 cm from the top. Shovel shear performed an isolated 30 x 30 column to test these two interfaces. The shovel shear resulted in the column breaking at ground level. The interfaces we were testing did not react. Performed an Extended Column Test with an ECTN 18 at 10 cm down. Continued test to 30 taps with no propagation. No reaction at interface of the new storm slab or the two crust layers that reacted in the other tests. Small hand pits were dug on various aspects with no real slabs discovered. A lot of facets were discovered throughout the snowpack. Boot pen was 55cm.

Area Description: Swauk Meadows near xc ski trail in the Blewett Pass area.

Avalanches: None seen.

Observation by Bradley Gasawski

Latitude: 47.326521

Longitude: -120.579693

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No