Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/18/2020
Subject: Anthracite Mesa-Coneys
Aspect: North East, East
Avalanches: Photos did not show well in poor light up so none are attached. Schuylkill: hard to see but thought saw LS-R0.5-D0.5 below riddgeline and a HS-R1-D1.5 in adjacent drainage that began below cornice. I don’t think slide resulted from recent storm.
Weather: Blowing snow on Baldy ridgetop at beginning of tour. Light winds on ridgeline with snow movement. Air temperature dropped on the way out to the road. Skies were obstructed switching to obscured skies with S-1 snowfall.
Snowpack: N instabilities on or off the skin track. Fence line in valley bottom skin track is less than 1 inch from snow surface. About 2 to 4 inches of new snow. New snow filled in skin track but didn’t obscure it completely except in the flats. Qualitatively speaking: new snow has more water content than last Saturday’s storm snow at same site.