Recreational Observation

Skinned back into Alpental Valley. Dug a test pit around 3600' on a south facing slope just below the Snow Lake trail.

Jan. 22, 2017, 2:45 p.m. PST

Weather: Overcast most of the day with moderate to heavy snowfall until mid to late afternoon when it stopped snowing. Light winds were experienced at 3600' in the valley.

Snowpack: The new storm snow to reacted on small test slopes. I dug a pit on 25 degree south facing slope. Burped the Baby and got the storm slab over the 1-17 ice crust to react. Performed a CTE #3 Q3 11cm down. Continued the test to see what happens and got Q2 14cm down at #5, Q2 37 cm down at #11 and SC Q1 at 83cm down at #29. ECTN #4 12cm down. Continued test and got the layer 83cm down to react with no propagation at #30. Also, PST 35/100 (Arr) 83 cm down on rounded grains. It should be noted that at the interface 83cm down, the grain resistance and size went from P, 3mm (above) to 1F, 0.5mm (below). Rollerballs were present on many aspects.

Avalanches: A small R1 D2 wet slab across the valley from Alpental around 3400'. Just above the Snow Lake trail. Could see it from the main Alpental parking lot.

Observation by Braldey Gasawski

Latitude: 47.456145

Longitude: -121.441133

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No