Avalanches around Crested Butte Area

CB Avalanche Center 2016-17 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 11/29/2016
Name: Zach Guy
Subject: Avalanches around Crested Butte Area
Aspect: North East, South East
Elevation: Above treelin

Avalanches: See photos. 2 large natural slab avalanches that ran sometime during the storm on NE aspects above treeline, Mt. Emmons and Mt. Axtell, both failing at the ground in old snow layers. Both showed impressive propagation considering relatively thin slabs. 2 slab avalanches that occurred mid-day on SE aspect ATL of Red Lady, apparently remotely triggered by a skier. These presumably failed on a crust or crust facet layer from that formed last week, either at the storm interface or just below it.
Weather: Clearing skies allowed views of peaks near town.
Snowpack: No avalanche activity observed on any of the N/BTL paths near town, but they now appear to have a smooth and continuous snow cover for future weak layer/bedsurfaces

Mt. Axtell. NE Aspect ATL.  SS-N-R2-D2-O/G
Mt. Emmons.  NE Aspect ATL  N-SS-R1-D1.5-O/G
Mt. Emmons, SE Aspect ATL.  SS-ASr/y-R1-D2-U