Brush Creek Area

CB Avalanche Center 2014-15 Observations

LOCATION: Brush Creek Area
DATE OF OBSERVATION: 01/24/2015
ASPECT: South, South West, West, North West
ELEVATION: 9000-12300

AVALANCHES: One small skier triggered slide on an isolated terrain feature around 11000 ft facing west southwest. Only a few inches deep ran approximately 30 ft. down slope 30 ft. wide. Appeared to be small firm windslab running on facet/ crust combo. Slow moving. Made a cool noise. Other, older, larger slide activity on similar aspects in these basins.

WEATHER: Overcast skies. Temperatures in the low 20’s. Calm winds in valley bottoms, moderate winds with stronger gusts above tree line out of the northwest, strong enough to move snow over Pearl Pk. Otherwise not a lot of blowing snow.

SNOWPACK: Shallow snow pack up high around upper brush creek/star pass area with lots of crusts from wind and sun exposure. No collapsing observed, but one pitch yielded shooting cracks across a 20 something degree wind stiffened southwest slope.