a few D2’s around Crested Butte

CB Avalanche Center 2017-18 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 02/16/2018
Name: Ben Pritchett

Subject: a few D2’s around Crested Butte
Aspect: North East, East
Elevation:

Avalanches:

4 x D2’s on Axtell and Whetsone.

Weather:
Snowpack:

Photos:

Main line on Whetstone, off the summit.

This path is a repeat performer this season.

Classic wind-loaded un-supported slope. This is the largest slide we’ve seen immediately around Crested Butte so far this season. Wouldn’t be surprised to see bigger slides closer to Paradise Divide from this same cycle.

Great example of a small Wind Slab stepping down to become a large Persistent Slab.