Mt Washington

Saturday, May 12, 2018 4:12 PM
Colin Landeck
Santiam Pass Area (including Three Finger Jack) (44.337152, -121.837564)
Ob Date/Time:
Fri, May 11, 2018 - 12:22 PM
Report Type:
Snow Conditions
Mode of Travel:
Ski or Snowboard

Written Report:
Ryan Marvin and I toured up onto the North Ridge of Mt Washington yesterday. We left the car (parked 1/2 mile before trailhead) around 8am, with S-1 precip of dense but relatively dry snow, which stopped within the hour, and BRK skys. On the tour up we noted about 2-4cm of new snow on top of a rain crust up to about 6000ft. The crust was brittle and cracked easily under our skis.

On the east side of the ridge at 11am, elevation ~6300' we were able to trigger a D1R2 wet loose avalanche in extremely heavy, wet snow. An approx 1' deep and 4' wide patch of debris ran for about 20 seconds, probably 60' down the ridge to the trees.

We hopped back onto the crest of the ridge and booted up variable snow to 7100' where we waited for the weather to improve. For an hour there was zero visibility above us and to the West, so at 1:15pm we clicked the heels and dropped N-NE into a large bowl. We got over 1000' of turns in good corn before treeline and the accompanying slushy snow. We were able to glide all the way to big lake youth camp road, whence a quick skin brought us back to the car by 3pm.