Recreational Observation

Out again in the Mission Ridge area. Poked into a north slope.

Jan. 15, 2017, 1 p.m. PST

Weather: Clear, calm, just below freezing at 5760' midday

Snowpack: Got a chance to look at a slightly deeper and shadier aspect than we dug in yesterday. On a north slope at 5760' we found 10mm surface hoar 45cm down. Test results on this layer included CTH Q2, ECTN 25, ECTP 27 and PST End 65/100. This location had less pronounced weak snow near the ground than E aspect looked at yesterday. Tried loading small test slopes with multi person loads no results.

Area Description: Clara / Marion basin.

Avalanches: Osbserved a recent natural avalanche from 1/2 mile away. It was at 6000' on a ~40 deg E slope. Looked like wind slab built of most recent storm snow. Could not see entire path but would estimate it R2D2, 40cm deep x 20m wide. Could only see top 30m of path with no debris visible.

Observation by Nick Pope

Latitude: 47.293806

Longitude: -120.423867

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No