CB Avalanche Center2014-15 Observations

Name: MR
Title: Axtell
Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 12/19/2014
Aspect: North, North East
Elevation: 9500 to 11500

Snowpack: at least 12 inches of unconsolidated new snow on the old layer. Little to no slabbing of the new layer, also little to no observed bonding to the old surface. Some collapsing and cracking as we poked around the top of half, first and second bowl. Small natural loose snow avalanches observed above pencil chute, and we could see a small deposition pile at the exit of the chute, but couldn’t tell if it was entraining snow as it ran or was running on top. A couple turns at the top of half bowl easily produced sluffing which did seem to entrain the snow lower down as it slid, but no stepping down or propagation. Ended up skiing the glades and gullies around the skin track and at this slope angle we didn’t see instabilities.