Coastal Colorado

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 04/08/2018
Name: Eric Murrow

Subject: Coastal Colorado
Aspect: North, North East, East, South East, South
Elevation: 9000’-11750’

Avalanches:

While driving into town spotted numerous slides on Whetstone: very large slide in Barcelona Bowl with deep step down, large slab in the Claw, and multiple loose gouging slides low in the Claw, very large slide on M-Face as well. Loose wet on east end of Gibson’s Ridge.

Weather: Mostly clear skies until 930 with clouds returning there after. Snowfall between 10am and 2pm at 11750’ produced 3”. Snow was still falling S1 when we descended. Winds were light with moderate gusts at treeline.
Snowpack: While ascending Coon glades storm accumulations were only a few inches up to 11000’ but above that elevation new snow increased greatly. At 2pm @ 11750’ new snow accumulations since Thursday night was 40cm. A rain crust was present from Saturday up to treeline below 30cm of thick snow.

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