Public Observation #2021-521
Submitted:December 27, 2021 7:40 PM
Observation Date:December 27, 2021
Zone or Region:Central Cascades
Signs of Unstable Snow
ObservationsSkied 30+ deg. SE & E facing slopes at and below tree-line.
The snow stayed cold and dry throughout the day and by 2pm, we had not seen signs of a storm slab building. Winds were mild, clouds were high, and visibility was good.
The skiing was amazing and the snow was really deep. We definitely kept our eyes on each other as we considered the potential for big tree wells and going head first into feet of loose, dry snow.
We easily triggered small loose-dry sluffs that were easy to manage with our terrain choice. Towards the end of our tour, around 2pm, we noticed more tree bombs being triggered and a slight increase in wind. The tree bombs were big and produced large plumes of powder which made us weary when traveling underneath trees.
Cornices and wind affected snow on top of Todd ridge were remarkable and made travel on top of the ridge obscure.
We observed no other avalanche activity nor did we see other signs of avalanches.