Cement Mtn Snow/Slides

CB Avalanche Center 2020-21 Observations

Date of Observation: 02/15/2021
Name: Cosmo Langsfeld

Zone: Southeast Mountains
Location: Cement Mtn
Aspect: North, West, North West
Elevation: 9200-10000

Avalanches: Big north bowl on Cement Mtn (horse basin) looks to have slid before or during the last storm, maybe wall to wall. Could see outline of crowns beneath new snow (no good picture). Wasn’t high enough to see far lookers right of bowl, the east/northeast facing slopes, but everything lookers left of that went.

Weather: Sunny and clear overhead, but looked cloudy everywhere else around. Cold in the wind. Warm in the sun.

Snowpack: Trapdoors in the valley bottom. Largely supportive above 9400′, but you can usually punch through if you jump on it. True northern facing and shady stuff is still mostly facets. Too many collapses to count. Some of them rumbling away from me for a few seconds after the initial collapse. All supportive snow was suspect. Some snow depths: 60cm in northwest facing aspens @ 9400′, 75-90cm on W-NW terrain 9600-10000′. One southwest facing slope @ 9600′ was 25-35cm with a 3-4″ crust sandwiched between new snow from Friday-Saturday above and facets below and a new crust forming on top (no collapses on this southerly terrain, but I also didn’t spend much time on it).