Standard route up Tincan to Todd’s Bowl. Noticed a recent slab avalanche on SE aspect of Seattle Ridge, an area known as Little Sweden. The slide covered several snowmachine tracks. This was confirmed in the evening to be triggered by a snowmachiner around 12:30pm 3/11. No one caught.
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Recent slab avalanche on SE aspect of Seattle Ridge
Clear and sunny
Temps in the teens F - and noticeably cooler in shaded zones
Variable surfaces. Hard pack/sastrugi along ridges, faceted "recycled" powder in protected areas below ridge lines in the alpine.
Below 2500' 4-6" of loose faceted snow.
Below 1400' surface hoar 4-6mm in size sitting on 4-6" loose faceted snow.
*2cm sun crust was found on steep South facing slopes at all aspects.
Probed around in starting zone of Todd's Bowl and height of snow ranged from 180cm to 280cm.
Dug a quick test pit at 3500' in Todds, HS=245cm, 42 degree slope, N aspect - Pit height was 115cm and was right side up. The surface had a 1cm wind crust capping 4F hard snow. The top 35cm had varying layers of 4F to 1F hard snow. Below this was all Pencil hard snow. Compression Tests failed 20cm below the surface with moderate force, and failed again 35cm below the surface with strong force. Both failed on 0.5-1mm near surface facets, but in both cases the slab broke into pieces.