Date of Observation: 12/11/2021
Name: Evan Ross
Zone: Southeast Mountains
Route Description: Huge thanks to West Elk Air for getting the CBAC team views of the carnage. These photos are from the Mt. Emmons and Snodgrass area.
Observed avalanche activity: Yes
Avalanches: The avalanche activity was much harder to see in the SE Mountains, compared to the NW Mountains. The avalanche activity in the SE Mountains was less widespread, smaller in size, and often hidden by wind-loading or additional snow after the storm.
The primary avalanche activity was on NE at all elevations. East, had activity at near and above treeline elevations and some suspicious-looking slopes below treeline but nothing that could be confirmed at that elevation.
South had activity above treeline, but again far less than the NW Mountains. I suspect that was to do with more south-facing slopes in this area having been dry before this storm.
West and North aspects were well shaded. If there was avalanche activity on those aspects, it couldn’t be confirmed on this flight.