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Recreational Observation

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