Backcountry ski obs

CB Avalanche Center 2016-17 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 02/03/2017
Name: JSJ
Subject: Backcountry ski obs
Aspect: North, North East
Elevation: 9,500-11,300


Weather: Broken skies with high thin clouds, calm and warm (air temps near freezing).

Snowpack: No sings of instability. Breakable crust (~5cm thick) covers all sun-exposed slopes. Surface snow faceting away and losing strength where not stiffened by recent winds. In steep terrain, multiple CT’s in different locations didn’t reveal any failures in the top 60cms. SH in this zone seems to have been flushed out when path ran at the beginning stages of the most recent trend of instability we had.