Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 03/30/2018
Name: Evan Ross
Subject: Peeler Tour
Aspect: North East, East, South, South West
Elevation: 12,200ft to 8,900ft
A number of loose snow avalanches in the Ruby Range. Wet on southerly slopes and dry on northerly slopes. All D1 to D1.5. A cornice failed naturally on the East Face of Mt Owen at about 4:30pm. Entraining more snow with it and getting close to a D2 given the size of the terrain. A number of backcountry users were skiing aggressively without any significant results.
Weather: Strong westerly winds and snow plums in the alpine. Winds increased in the afternoon but snow plums decreased.
Snowpack: Late and quick afterwork tour. Ruff and variable snow surface conditions. Some good soft snow surfaces out there but lots of refrozen or wind effected snow surfaces. No sluffing and not much for fresh wind-load to be concerned with. Avalanche issues felt isolated and stubborn.