Recreational Observation

Up old growth from Outer Limits.

Jan. 20, 2017, 11 a.m. PST

Weather: Overcast and lightly snowing. Air temp -2 C. Winds east, light to moderate at ridgetop with light to moderate blowing snow.

Snowpack: Rain crust down about 40cm, about 1cm thick. Surface snow dry Fist + hardness going to 4 finger. Above the crust is 3-5 cm of very loose ice pellets. Extended column propagated on these twice at 11 and 12. Below the rain crust was well consolidated to 1m below surface in area 163cm of snow. Windslab forming on westerly slopes, previous loading onto east slopes.

Area Description: South of Stevens Pass, Lake Susan Jane area.

Avalanches: There were a couple natural dry loose avalanches that were <24hrs old. These ran >200', with debris 15' wide and 2' deep involving the top 10-30 cm of snow. Started in steep areas, >35 deg, and came to rest on 30 deg slopes. Only D1, but consequential.

Observation by Nick Pope

Latitude: 47.719075

Longitude: -121.063099

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No