Recreational Observation

East Slopes Central - Lake Chelan to South of I-90

March 24, 2019, 6 p.m. PST

Weather: Light rain, snow line at about 4,500ft rising to 5,000ft by afternoon.

Snowpack: Supportable melt freeze crust under 2-4" of new snow above 5,000ft. New snow was producing roller balls below 6,000ft and not yet entraining wet snow by 13:00. Perhaps a short while later wet loose were possible within the new snow. Below 5,000ft, water had only made its way through the upper 30cm of the snowpack on shaded aspects. East to south to west aspects have undergone more of change over the past week and water has made its way to the ground on most steep slopes with these aspects below 5k.

Area Description: Squilchuck State Park

Avalanches: Spotted a recent glide release in a steep, north facing rocky slab zone of Squilchuck St Park, and another crack was opening up. The glide release pulled out a small wet slab below it that looks to have run on faceted snow.

Observation by Matt Primomo

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No