Snow coverage around Crested Butte Forecast Area

Location: Paradise Divide, Kebler Pass, Crested Butte, Cement Creek, and Brush Creek Areas
Date of Observation: 11/14/2016
Name: Zach Guy
Aspect: Various
Elevation: Various

Avalanches: A few older D1 loose snow avalanches on northerly aspects.
Weather: Clear, calm, warm.
Snowpack: Tour of Crested Butte forecast area to check out snow coverage following early November dry spell. East through south through west aspects are generally all dry and snow free. Northerly aspects hold a thin snow cover, mostly above treeline and some near treeline slopes. The most continuous snow coverage, which could present persistent weak layers concerns in the future, is on NW to NE aspects above treeline along Paradise Divide and the Ruby Range. Closer to town and from our vantage in Cement Creek and Brush Creek Drainage, the snowpack is thinner and patchier on shaded aspects; weak layer formation is more isolated at this point in the season.  See photos.

Southerly aspects of Pearl Mtn and E/NE aspects of Carbonate Hill

Southerly aspects of Pearl Mtn and E/NE aspects of Carbonate Hill

N/NW aspects of Mt. Baldy

N/NW aspects of Mt. Baldy

Northerly aspects on Mt. Axtell

Northerly aspects on Mt. Axtell

Northerly aspects in Redwell Basin

Northerly aspects in Redwell Basin

Northeasterly aspects of Schuylkill Ridge and northerly aspects of Scarp Ridge behind

Northeasterly aspects of Schuylkill Ridge and northerly aspects of Scarp Ridge behind

Southerly aspects of Ruby Range

Southerly aspects of Ruby Range

Northerly aspects of Wolverine Basin

Northerly aspects of Wolverine Basin

NE and E aspects of Richmond

NE and E aspects of Richmond

Northeasterly aspects of Purple Trees

Northeasterly aspects of Purple Trees

Northeasterly aspects of Treasury

Northeasterly aspects of Treasury

Northeasterly aspects of Cement Mtn

Northeasterly aspects of Cement Mtn

N/NE aspects of Mt. Axtell

N/NE aspects of Mt. Axtell

N/NE aspects of Schuylkill Ridge

N/NE aspects of Schuylkill Ridge

W/NW aspects of Hunter Hill

W/NW aspects of Hunter Hill

Northerly aspects of Anthracites

Northerly aspects of Anthracites

Northeasterly aspects of Climax Chutes

Northeasterly aspects of Climax Chutes

Northerly aspects of Baxter Basin

Northerly aspects of Baxter Basin

Northeasterly aspects of Purple Ridge

Northeasterly aspects of Purple Ridge

Northeasterly aspects of Cinnamon

Northeasterly aspects of Cinnamon

Easterly aspects of Coney's

Easterly aspects of Coney’s

Northeasterly aspects of Happy Chutes

Northeasterly aspects of Happy Chutes

Northeasterly aspects of Schuylkill Ridge

Northeasterly aspects of Schuylkill Ridge

NE and E aspects of Mt. Baldy

NE and E aspects of Mt. Baldy

NE aspect of Baldy

NE aspect of Baldy

Northerly aspect of Gothic Mtn

Northerly aspect of Gothic Mtn

N aspect of Mt. Baldy

N aspect of Mt. Baldy