Anthracites Tour

CB Avalanche Center 2015-16 Observations

Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 12/27/2015
Name: Ben Pritchett
Subject: Anthracites tour
Aspect: North, North East
Elevation: 10,000′-11,555′

Snowpack: Significant settlement after the x-mas storm. Ski pen ~20cm deep. No collapses observed from our party or another that broke trail in since xmas storm.

Hoped to ski Big Chute since it looked like it slid from Kebler Pass road. When we got there, we couldn’t see any debris at the bottom or make out a crown, so we backed off and ducked into the trees, avoiding Big Chute. Skied down to bottom of NW bowl, second lap in 7-bowl to skin track trees.

Appears that we’re in the early stages of a long period low likelihood, high consequence avalanche activity. Fortunately, there’s lots of terrain that slid during the storm, so there’s many options to avoid the lurking persistent slab problem.