Recreational Observation

West Slopes North - Canadian Border to Skagit River

Jan. 12, 2020, 11:30 a.m. PST

Weather: S1-S2 w/ the flat brim showing lots of new precip each lap. Variable winds from the S/SE with some moderately strong gusts. Definitely snow being transported. Visability: ping pong ball.

Snowpack: 30-90cm of new snow depending on where it blew around meant boot top to hip skiing. Easy hand shears at the old snow/new snow interface about 10-20cm up from rain crust and easy ski test results on smaller slopes w/ shooting cracks and all that stuff you'd expect to see on a Considerable avalanche danger day w/ storm slab.

Area Description: Baker Backcountry -- Boulderfield/Boulderfield Trees on False Herman.

Avalanches: Lots of natural avalanches observed on practically every steep roll over 45 degrees we came across. Crowns lines ran for hundreds of feet sometimes and varied in thickness from a few inches to 3 feet. Triggered one small storm slab (D1.5) while skinning on sub 25 degree terrain that was connected to a small steeper slope (over 50 degrees). Quite touchy out there at noon and the new snow/wind was definitely adding to the spice factor.

Observation by Zack McGill

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? Yes

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No