Date of Observation: 12/21/2016
Name: Zach Guy
Aspect: North East, East
Elevation: 11,000 – 12,500 ft
Avalanches: Quick look at avalanche activity in Mt. Owen’s NE bowl from the last cycle 12/16 to 12/17. A number of D2 slabs ran out of the northerly couloirs and faces. The main avalanche was a HS-N-R3-D3-O. Crown was up to 200 cm thick, 1F to P hard, and looked like it averaged around 100 cm, although winds had filled a lot of it in. The failure layer was 1mm, 4F+ facets where I dug below a ~100 cm slab.
Snowpack: On E/NE aspects, snow depths on representative slopes were 140 cm near treeline and 160 cm above treeline. No signs of instability