Cold Then Hot. Pow Then Wet.

CB Avalanche Center 2018-19 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 03/25/2019
Name: Eric Murrow, Evan Ross

Subject: Cold Then Hot. Pow Then Wet.
Aspect: East, South, South West
Elevation: 9,500-12,500

Avalanches:

Few old Wind Slabs out there. Maybe a D2 in the Purple Palace area and near Treasury on easterly and southeasterly slopes. Otherwise small in size, and not too many observed.

Loose wet avalanches are back and making their rounds.  Activity was all on the south half of the compass with a few coming out of hot, rocky east aspects near treeline.  All small in size and didn’t observe any D2’s. For a D2 you would need bigger terrain or for the avalanche to gouge deeper into wet snow.

Skier triggered a very small wet, Wind Slab below treeline on a south aspect at 2pm on a steep short drifted feature.

Weather: Valley fog in CB and lower valleys during the morning. Blue Bird in the Alpine. Moderate westerly winds at upper elevations.

Snowpack: 20-30cm’s of snow on the 3/21 interface. No signs to instability in the upper snowpack. Kept an eye out for thicker wind drifts. Warming temps and wet snow was the main concern.

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