Climbed up R side of South Canyon, near Daisy. Skied down R side of 4 bowl and 5 bowl, near the trees.
April 24, 2017, 2:30 p.m. PST
Weather: Snowing hard, blowing 15-25 mph. at least, temps around 31 F. Limited visibility.
Snowpack: rapid accumulation of ~ 12' new, dense, wet, fresh on top of old melt freeze. Tho wind loaded, not cracking or brittle as often the case, due to wetness. However, poor bonding of the wet storm layer was easy to shed in ski cuts.
Area Description: Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort, closed this Mon-Thur. , Front bowls area. Below tree line, ~ 5800', steep and wind loaded at the tops, E aspect.
Avalanches: Test ski cut at top of Four Bowl, conservative angle and location on the right side, easily yielded Size 1 wet storm slab release. This confirmed the current Hazard advisory; we were not surprised and were prepared to ski lower angle pitches. Did not see other skiers nor other slides at that location. I would expect that any more snow and /or sun effects will make these releases larger and more sensitive.
Observation by Laura Green
Did you see any avalanches? Yes
Did you trigger any avalanches? Yes
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No