Recreational Observation

Mt Rainier Nordic Ski Patrol near Paradise

Feb. 12, 2017, 11:30 a.m. PST

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Weather: Overcast, W wind ~5, air 35F, at noon. No new snow in over 24h. Warming and clearing trend. We rolled a 14" pinwheel on the last run of the day.

Snowpack: Sensitive shallow soft slabs in new snow, as well as reactive interfaces deeper in the soft but cohesive snowpack. No propagation in an extended column test. Most of the shallower slabs had slid naturally in the past day and a half on any slope over about 35 degrees. (pit 1 elev 5750, aspect N, incline 37 deg)

Area Description: Mt Rainier Nordic Ski Patrol near Paradise

Avalanches: Naturals on all aspects in the previous 36 hours. Mostly shallow, around 20 cm, which is Friday's new snow on top of a crust from mid-week warming. Some steeper slopes stepped down deeper. Today visitors were skiing the sliding beds and the slopes between slides with no further snow movement.

Observation by Denis DuBois

Latitude: 46.815804

Longitude: -121.887817

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No