Recreational Observation

Nordic trails to the prominent knoll in the north bowl of Silver Peak. Party set a skin track interior of the western ridgeline gully.

Dec. 23, 2017, 1:06 p.m. PST

Weather: CLR and FEW throughout the morning. No precipitation. Light winds below 4800', sustained moderate SE winds at 5000' and above.

Snowpack: Unconsolidated, 30 cm ski pen on NW aspects up to 5100'. Wind scoured and wind loaded E and NE aspects along western ridge.

Area Description: Silver Peak

Avalanches: Party ascended up the last pitch prior to the knoll along the central tree line. Wind loading was apparent at all aspects above 5200' so party decided to descend following the same route up and avoid wind loaded aspects. First rider / my descent was down unconsolidated snow following the fall line and through the skin track. Second rider traversed west of the skin track and triggered a D2 wind slab. As group leader, I was complacent due to Moderate conditions and did not give nor follow clear guidance with my party to "Avoid steeper terrain features with firmer wind transported snow."

Observation by Steve Moenaert

Latitude: 47.365236

Longitude: -121.463671

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? Yes

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No