December 31, 2020
January 1, 2021
Zone or Region:
Henry Creek Drainage
Did you trigger any avalanches? Yes
Was it intentional? Yes
Size 1: Relatively harmless to people
Intentional soft slab and wet slab releases with ski cuts and skin tracks. New storm snow was very reactive.
Did you observe any avalanches? Yes
Size 2: Could bury, injure, or kill a person
Below tree line
On many terrain features greater than 35 degrees, below tree line, new storm snow slid on the rain crust from 12/21. These wet loose slide paths were observed later in the day on 12/31.
Nearly knee deep snow breaking trail on the FS road approach. New snow became increasingly wet and heavy as the day continued at elevations up to 5500 ft.