Cement Creek

CB Avalanche Center 2016-17 Observations, Snow Profiles

Location: Cement Creek Area
Date of Observation: 01/13/2017
Name: Ian Havlick/Evan Ross
Subject: Cement Creek
Aspect: North, West, North West
Elevation: 9000-10500

Avalanches: no new avalanches observed, looked hard, did see evidence of several S-SE facing slopes and gullies. Faint crowns and buried debris. looks like these slides slid early this week.

Big paths on Italian, Cement, etc were difficult to see due to lingering fog/clouds, but no obvious crowns.
Weather: Overcast but gradually clearing most the afternoon, with one light snow shower toward sunset. Calm winds. Temps in mid 20s.
Snowpack: Quite impressive. snowpack averages 150-200cm. Generally solid, rightside up. Dug one profile on W facing slope at 10,300 (BTL). Revealed solid structure with old snow/New Years storm interface gaining strength. ECT produced no results, and slab finally failed cleanly, but stubbornly on aggressive shovel shear after ECT test.

No signs of instabilities in terrain travelled.