Axtell

CB Avalanche Center 2015-16 Observations

Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 12/04/2015
Name: Ian Havlick
Subject: Axtell
Aspect: North, North East
Elevation: 9-11000

Weather:Increasing clouds throughout day, no winds, pleasant temperatures in shade
Snowpack: HS ranged between 45-65cm on tour toward Green Lake. Lots of pits and ECT showed no propagation potential and lots of slabs breaking apart during moderate and hard loading steps. Most concerning could be new thanksgiving snow (10cm) which are stiff wind crusts with abrupt soft/faceted snow below. Wind crust could be stiff enough to carry large load (1.5″ swe) but any slide seems that it would scour to ground with so much weak (2-4mm) depth hoar/facets.