Naturals above East River

CB Avalanche Center 2016-17 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/09/2017
Name: Zach Guy
Subject: Naturals above East River
Aspect: North East, East, South East, South West
Elevation: 9,600 to 9,300 ft

Avalanches: See photos. Drove by Peanut Lake Road around 2 pm and none of that had run. Traversed across East River paths and there were only a few crowns. Largest slide I saw was SS-N-R3-D2.5-O/G on a SW aspect NTL.
Weather: PM tour. S5 dendrites transitioned to S1 graupel to freezing rain. Overcast and warm temps. Moderate winds, strong gusts below treeline. Snow is so dense at this elevation that there wasn’t much transport.
Snowpack: About 20″ of top-heavy new snow. Spooky few signs of instability (no cracking or collapsing, with a few kicks and jumps above steep rollovers), but the big red flag today was the massive amount of heavy new snow. Trail breaking on skis was knee to thigh deep. Some moist/wet rollerballs on steep terrain. Didn’t go onto anything steep.

D1.5 Storm slab. Washington Gulch. NE aspect BTL.

D1 Storm slab. East River. NE aspect BTL

SE aspect BTL near East River. VIewed from a distance, but maybe a 3-5 ft crown?

D2 Soft slab, E aspect BTL above East River. ~18″ on facets, crown already mostly filled in.

SW aspect NTL. SS-N-R3-D2.5-O/G. Red Ridge.

D2. SE aspect NTL. Red Ridge

D2. SW aspect NTL. Red Ridge.

D1. NE aspect BTL, near the ski resort.

D1.5 Washington Gulch. NE aspect NTL