Baxter Basin

CB Avalanche Center 2019-20 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 03/30/2020
Name: Zach Kinler
Subject: Baxter Basin
Aspect: North, North East, East, South East, South
Elevation: 9,600-11,100
Avalanches:

2 x Wet Loose D1 East 10,000′
1 x Wet Loose D1.5 Skier-triggered SSE 11,000′

Weather: B-A-N-A-N-A-S, this weather is bananas!. Saw it all today with nothing consistent for more than half an hour at a time. Light to moderate snow showers, graupel showers, intense sunshine, a bit of green-housing after periods of sun when the wind wasn’t present, wind drifting small amounts of snow and an occasional winter-like feel when clouds snow and wind combined forces.

Snowpack: 5″ HST which settled quickly and became moist on all aspects below ~9800′. Due north stayed dry above that elevation. A few small wet loose avalanches including one skier-triggered were able to run on the previous day’s crust, which was smooth and slick.