Up to Skyline Ridge, spent some time on North side and back down.
Jan. 16, 2017, 6:25 p.m. PST
Weather: Broken sky in am and overcast late afternoon. 7F at pass with East wind and 32F at 5500 with no wind. No snow transport observed.
Snowpack: The strong local inversion is doing interesting things to surface hoar and surface facets. These are nearly absent or severely melted up high, widespread mid slope to 5mm, laying down near pass. Pits yielded no reactive layers or results. Windslab is less extensive than expected. 12/17 is down 80, 12/21 is down 60. Inversion was prominent from 8 am until 5 pm.
Area Description: Toured today with AIARE L1 on Skyline Ridge. 4000' to 5500'.
Avalanches: Numerous Wet Loose up to D2 on Lichtenberg on SW, S, and SE slopes originating around 5600 and running partial path to 4900. Only other signs of instability were pinwheeling between 4500 and 5500 on all solar aspects.
Observation by John Race (NW Mountain School)
Did you see any avalanches? No
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No