Avalanche Level 1

CB Avalanche Center2016-17 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 02/05/2017
Name: Evan Ross
Subject: Avalanche Level 1
Aspect: North East
Elevation: 9,400-11,000

Weather: Mostly clear sky, calm wind. Warm feel in the sun, but not quite as warm as expected.
Snowpack: SH on the surface in meadows. Burned off on steep southerly slopes. Didn’t observe SH on northeasterly slopes.

No signs of instability. Previous tracks in the terrain on plenty of steep slopes with no results. Skied near a couple week old crown in 3rd bowl. 1/19 SH had been cleared out where this previous avalanche had run, but was still preserved in avalanche terrain on the portions of the slope that hadn’t previously avalanched. 1/19 SH was down about 25cm under a soft slab. These slabs would budge in hand pits or where the slope was cut up between ski tracks. Still no avalanche results in the bigger picture.

1/19 SH down 25cm on the parts of the slope that hadn’t avalanched.