Aspen to CB Via Pearl Pass. 3/8-3/11

CB Avalanche Center 2015-16 Observations

Location: Brush Creek Area
Date of Observation: 03/10/2016
Name: Evan Ross
Subject: Aspen to CB Via Pearl Pass. 3/8-3/11
Aspect: North, East, South
Elevation: Mainly ATL up to 12,700ft

Weather: Dry and warm most of the week with Wednesday as the exception, with light snow showers and mostly cloudy to over cast sky and moderate southwest winds.
Snowpack: New storm snow from the prior weekend was generally in the 20cm range ATL and drifted up to 40cm on leeward slopes, or blown off of some other wind effected slopes. On northerly aspects the 3/6 interface was mostly a 5-10cm thick wind crust or wind packed particles capping a varying layer of facets below. Didn’t observe any concerning instability on this 3/6 interface and the new snow wasn’t a thick enough slab to worry about collapsing the wind crusts capping facets below. This general summery for northerly aspects stayed the same through the week

On Thursday an ATL easterly aspect was staying dry where it had any slight northerly tilt and turning to hot pow or moist to wet at the surface as it leaned more southeasterly. No concerning instabilities observed.