Sierra Avalanche Center made some recent observations in the Tamarack Peak area.
Thin rain crust from Nov 22 event existed up to the summit at 9,900′. Snow cover has increased on most aspects in this area. Little change to the snowpack has occurred on N aspects in Hourglass Bowl since the observations made on Nov 17. Weak depth hoar and strong snowpack temperature gradients continue to exist and were not destroyed by rainfall.
Avalanche burials and deaths slowly climb from year to year with minor variations. Over the last 10 winters an average of 28 people died in avalanches every year in the United States. Almost every fatal accident is investigated and reported, so the fatality data is presented with some certainty. There is no way to determine the number of people caught or buried in avalanches each year, because most non-fatal avalanche incidents are not reported.