West Slopes South - South of I-90 to Columbia River
Feb. 20, 2017, 11 a.m. PST
Weather: Snowing heavily, light winds, temps just below 30 deg?
Snowpack: 4-12 inches of fresh snow on a hard heavy crust, pit test showed an obvious layer with well bonded consolidated snow underneath the newest layer
Area Description: East Peak at Crystal Mountain, 35 degree pitch 5700 ft of elevation just below tree line
Avalanches: 1 triggered as we were skinning across a small clearing in the trees. 12 inches deep, 20 ft(?) wide, ran slowly until it hit a crop of trees about 15 yards below us. Pitch was 35 degrees in this clearing, lesser angles had been unresponsive to cut tests.
Did you see any avalanches? Yes
Did you trigger any avalanches? Yes
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No