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Recreational Observation

Planned ski tour up SW aspect of Lichtenburg, ascending rib lookers right of Lake Valhalla. After digging snow pit and concluding that there was deep instability, skied down and skied up trees near Valhalla.

Feb. 23, 2017, 11 a.m. PST

Weather: Cloudy, snowing lightly. Temp low 30s

Snowpack: Dug snowpit at 4000 feet on SW slope at approximately 30 degree angle. 3-5 c of soft snow on heavy rain crust from recent storms. Softer hollow feeling snow at 30 c and 60 c. First column test failed at 30 c after 2 light fist taps. Second column test failed at 60 c with no pressure or taps. Solid cohesive block with clear plane. That and evidence recent crown fractures made us decide to stick to trees and lower angle terrain.

Area Description: Open and treed slopes on SW aspect of Lichtenburg

Avalanches: Several crowns and avalanche debris, likely from last rain cycle.

Observation by Ross Macfarlane

Latitude: 47.779202

Longitude: -121.095704

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No