Cement BTL

CB Avalanche Center 2019-20 Observations

Location: Cement Creek Area
Date of Observation: 02/13/2020
Name: Dan K
Subject: Cement BTL
Aspect: East
Elevation: 9200

Snowpack: Quick lap up warm springs and down walrod. While breaking in a fresh skintrack to cut the switchback on warm springs there was poor structure on E facing slopes. 2″ of new snow on top of crust on top of generally supportive slab with some other crust layers likely mixed in. Every 40 steps I would collapse through the slab into a mess of weak snow at the bottom of the pack. Cracking and collapsing remained local and HS was about 80cm on most spots that I checked. The larger E facing slide paths above walrod cutoff trail likely have a similar structure and I would be nervous about them with new loading.