Recreational Observation

Up SE slopes from 3400 to 5400. Down West slopes ending in Valhalla Trees.

Jan. 8, 2019, 2 p.m. PST

Weather: East wind was moderate to occasionally strong. Snowing all day (S1) with low visibility. Well below freezing for duration of tour.

Snowpack: Seems like we have about 30 cm of new over last 2 days with windslab being the dominant structure in all but the most protected slopes. Wind slab varies in thickness from 30-70 cm overlying crust with ridge tops and exposed ridges bare. No whumpfing or shooting cracks. East winds loaded south slopes in reverse of yesterday. Ski pen was super variable from 15-40 cm. Very stiff slab in transition from exposed to lee. All failures are occurring in storm snow, generally well above the crust. Much more wind effect and transport than yesterday. Significant wind transport at all levels from valley bottom to summit depending on exposure to east flow.

Area Description: Lichtenberg Mountain - Stevens Pass Area

Avalanches: Size 1 skier triggered on steep s facing roll at 4600. 20 cm deep in storm snow (wind slab).

Observation by John Race

Latitude: 47.782987

Longitude: -121.090192

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? Yes

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No