Dry-ish snow ATL

CB Avalanche Center 2018-19 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 04/05/2019
Name: Steve Banks

Subject: Dry-ish snow ATL
Aspect: North East, East
Elevation: 12,000

Avalanches:

1 x loose wet pushed out on steep SE face in a radiator bowl feature.
Skier on ridge punched into cornice on travers even being 12’ back from the edge.

Weather: Mostly clear skies with West winds 15-20 mph, warm temps and strong solar.

Snowpack: SE slopes at ridgetop became mount to wet in the recent new snow and could be pushed into D1 sized wet loose avalanche in some places. Low angle North had a firm crust NTL and BTL, but soft, punchy more of wind crust on steeper ATL.
NE-N slopes at and above 12,000’ still held dry snow, but it is becoming affected by warm temperatures especially where protected from cooling winds.
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