CB Avalanche Center 2017-18 Observations

Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 01/23/2018
Name: Steve Banks


No new avalanches, but further evidence from this weekends cycle. Numerous D2’s mostly on NE aspects NTL. Not as many in the alpine, but maybe ran earlier and got filled in?

Weather: bluebird with strong solar. Temps stayed cold, around 20F as a high. Calm winds increased to mod gusts in the afternoon. Some plumes off the peaks.

Snowpack: 6-8” new snow over older 1F snow and 2” thick P hard suncrusts. Crusts were found on steeper solar aspects but not on anything less than 25 degrees. Sun was just beginning to affect some sheltered areas BTL. Intermittent Basel facets in shady sheltered areas.
Noticeable thin wind crust developing throughout the day with loading from the NW. Skin track got completely blown in from one lap to the next and noticeable wind whales forming on SE facing alpine slopes.