Christmas Day Red Lay-Day

CB Avalanche Center 2019-20 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 12/25/2019
Name: Ian Havlick
Subject: Christmas Day Red Lay-Day
Aspect: East, South East, South
Elevation: 9000-12,000

Avalanches: No signs of instability or fresh avalanches, poor visibility

Weather: 2-5″ of low density snow with westerly winds increasing near and above treeline. Kind of honking on ridgeline, 30-40mph. Temperatures were brisk.

Snowpack: 2-5″ new snow vastly improved skiing, with wind drifts 10-15″ in depth. Some slight cracking off ski tips off the top of bowl in fresh, denser windslabs. Crusts under new snow were felt at times, but not too bad!