Observation Date: 01/28/2017
Gash Point and Sweathouse Creek.
Windy Saturday, calmer and warm Sunday.
New Snow: No New Snow
From the top of Gash we could see a fairly recent climax avalanche way at the head of Sweathouse. It had slid on an angled granite slab, not that steep. My guess is a hundred or more feet wide. No indication what had triggered it, as it was far below any cornice fall or wind loaded ridge. This was the only avalanche activity we saw and we did not trigger any windslabs ourselves. While touring we found areas of shallow snowpack over rocks where your pole would poke through to air over the rock. It was not easy to anticipate in advance where the snowpack would be shallow. The wind was blowing hard Saturday from the north and east, but not a lot of new snow available for transport. Wind crust on much of the above treeline snow from east through north, appeared it was a windy week in Broot. Sheltered areas best for skiing.
Observer: Ian M