2018 AJ Uphill/Downhill

44th Anual Al Johnson Photos – FREE, but consider making a donation to the CBAC.  We’d appreciate it!


Al Johnson Race 2018

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The 44th Annual Al Johnson Uphill/ Downhill Telemark Race honors the roots of skiing in Crested Butte, and benefits the Crested Butte Avalanche Center.  “We Do It Every Day”

Join the Crested Butte Avalanche Center in honoring the true roots of skiing in Crested Butte, the way Al Johnson, our USPS mailman did it.  With free heels.


Help the Crested Butte Avalanche Center raise necessary funds to keep the forecasting going EVERY DAY, ALL WINTER LONG.  Use the power of social media and share our mission with your friends.  Prizes will be awarded for most money raised by a team and most money raised by an individual!

You can also still register in person at the Alpineer until March 16, and the day of the race at the Brick during bib pick up between 8 and 9:30am the morning of the race.

GoDeeper Beer Tasting


January 26th, 2018. 6-9 p.m.
Mallardi Theater at the Old Town Hall bus stop in Crested Butte.
In its 5th year of outrageous fun.  Copious amounts of delicious beer on tap. Satisfy your taste buds and support the CBAC!
$25 Entry, $20 for CBAC Members.

Raffle!  And Members Only Raffle!


Shallow and Variable Snow on Coney’s

Location: Coney’s
Date of Observation: 11/30/2017
Name: Tim Brown

Aspect: North East, East, South East
Elevation: 9,800-10,800′



BKN Skies, NW Winds M-S, Air Temps ~35F


Far skier’s left side of Coney’s 2nd Bowl:  Persistent Slab structure is still reactive in isolated pockets of the shallow and variable snow up to 40cm deep.  On the way up, venturing out of old tracks produced several significant collapses and cracks up to 10m away and 30cm deep.  The problematic snowpack areas are where stiffer (P-K hard) and more supportable, wind-loaded snow overlies large basal facets and depth hoar.  We did not observe any slab displacement on the low-angle terrain (<30 degrees) where we traveled.  Several steeper gullies appeared to have deeper wind-deposited snow, but we avoided the siren-call of these nasty terrain traps.


After the wind

Location:  View from CBMR

Name: Ben Pritchett

Detailed scan around the range from Mt. CB only showed a few small avalanches above treeline.  Also a couple small triggered avalanches from ski patrol’s mitigation work this morning.

Mt. Axtell, note cross loading on the low ridges.

Upper anthracites w/ maximum loading on SE aspects.

Mt. Emmons with a hint of cornice forming along the skier’s left ridge of Coon Basin.

Remarkably few avalanches observed through the southern end of the Ruby Range.

One small wind slab avalanche off Scarp Ridge.  SS-N-R1D1-U

Several small wind slab avalanches above Dipold Basin. SS-N-R1D1.5-U.

No avalanches visible of Gothic’s East Face.

Patrol knocked down a couple small one’s in Horseshoe…

and one at the top of Ruby Chief, both failing in the faceted layers below.

Meanwhile, on looking out towards Pearl Pass, the western aspects got hammered last night.