Anthracite Mesa-Coneys; WINDY

CB Avalanche Center 2018-19 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 02/03/2019
Name: ADB

Subject: Anthracite Mesa-Coneys; WINDY
Aspect: North East, East
Elevation: BTL

Avalanches:

NA due to poor visibility.

Weather: Moderate wind gusts in the trees and sustained strong winds from the west on the ridge line with considerable snow loading into the bowls. Really wasn’t snowing but had a few 5 minute bursts of S-1 and S1 snow. Graupel was produced mostly. Temperatures were around freezing.

Snowpack: Less than 3 inches of new snow. Cornices between 1 and 2 feet guard 60% of the bowls. 3 inch wind slabs had already formed on the ridge and winds filled in skin track on the ridge between our 2 laps. 5-15 feet shooting cracks on the 1-foot cornice on top of convex corner.
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