Recreational Observation

The road up to the lake, around the lake and then back down the road.

Dec. 20, 2017, 4:30 p.m. PST

Weather: No wind to speak of, temps in the 20s. Mostly cloudy with a few sun breaks. Some ice pellets precipitated

Snowpack: Lots of unconsolidated snow (30" +!) present which made breaking trail a real workout. No signs of avalanches. Dug a quick pit on a SW-facing aspect at about 4800' along the road just to see what we could find. Had to dig way down to find something other than unconsolidated new snow. Found a sugary layer about 120cm down that is probably from the inversion. Isolated a column and tried a quick CT test. Results were not dramatic. The unconsolidated snow sluffed sideways at about 20 cm (5 taps) and 40cm down (five taps) but did not produce a solid plane or bed. The remains of the column did not fail, including where the unconsolidated snow met the melt-freeze crust despite vigorous pounding on the shovel at that point.

Area Description: Skyline Ridge

Observation by Brian Carpenter

Latitude: 47.756714

Longitude: -121.094536

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No