Blustery, windy, snowy, coldy

CB Avalanche Center 2017-18 Observations

Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 01/21/2018
Name: Evan Ross

Subject: Blustery, windy, snowy, coldy
Aspect: North, South
Elevation: 10,000-11,500

Avalanches:
Weather: Cold, windy, snowing, you get the point. Winds were moderate with stronger gusts in the Kebler corridor. Elevation didn’t really change the wind speeds, the wind speeds changes were more due to the openness of the terrain. At ridgeline winds were more north then northwest. HST was about 20-25cm at 11,000ft by 2:30pm. Less then reported elsewhere in the area. Probably do to windy weather.
Snowpack: Lots of snow drifting onto the Southern half of the compass in the Anthracites. Though this snow wasn’t failing on the 1/20 crust, nor was it enough load to collapse this crusts. This was one south facing slope at rideline in the Anthracites, higher in elevation or different terrain characteristics could certainly change things.

Got a couple laps in on some north facing slopes with no persistent slab issues or obvious signs to instability. Small, cross loaded windslabs were about it. Though these northerly observation are poor quality given the number of previous skier traffic in the terrain.

Small sluffing was the most widespread issue observed today.

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