Aspen to Crested Butte (via Pearl Pass)

CB Avalanche Center2014-15 Observations

LOCATION: Brush Creek Area
SUBJECT: Aspen to Crested Butte (via Pearl Pass)
ASPECT: North, North East, East, South East, South, South West, West, North West
ELEVATION: 9000-13000



WEATHER: Clear, hot, sunny, and calm on Tuesday. Broken to overcast skies with thin cloud cover beginning Wed mid-day through yesterday afternoon, accompanied by calm to light NW/W winds, warm daytime temps with lots of solar green housing, and a trace of new snow as of 1000 this morning.

SNOWPACK: Aspen side of the range in the Pearl Pass zone had a similar natural avalanche cycle to CB zone, with lots (well over 2 dozen sizable slides observed) of NW/N/NE/E aspects near and above treeline having slid. Mostly all in terrain exposed to wind loading and steeper then 40 degrees. Evidence of small cycle on southerly slopes with recent solar heating. Overall, snowpack seems to have calmed down, with no instabilities noted while traveling in the alpine for 3 days on slopes of all aspects and up to low 40’s in steepness.