Recreational Observation

Toured into benchy smaller "mini golf" terrain BTL to mitigate poor visibility and to stay out of larger terrain due to PWL. Skied E-N aspects. 5000'-6000'.

Feb. 28, 2018, 1 p.m. PST

Snowpack: East Aspects showed 35cm 4 finger resistance powder overlying a weak facet/crust combo with CTM Q1 (SC) x2 results. A ski cut on a small steep slope produced a touchy D1 result and the skier was lucky to escape being caught.

Area Description: McCue Ridge above Alpine Lakes High Camp

Avalanches: Digging on a north aspect to assess options for safely descending we triggered a D2 slab 95cm deep just below our profile in steep terrain approaching 35 degrees. This was also on touchy 2mm facets overlying a strong crust. This was a poor decision as we were already able to find this layer via probing and should have chosen lower angle terrain to make observations. A little bit of luck saved us from an accident and no one was caught.

Observation by Ryan Murray

Latitude: 47.724074

Longitude: -120.793317

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? Yes

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No