CB Avalanche Center 2014-15 Observations

Name: Zach Guy
Title: Coney’s
Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 12/25/2014
Aspect: North East
Elevation: BTL/NTL

Avalanches: Observed 3 or 4 recent avalanches running on the facet layer on North or Northeast aspects below treeline. About a foot deep, failing full width of their small paths, but small in destructive size (D1 to 1.5’s).

Weather: Surprisingly calm winds. No snow transport observed off of high peaks. Generally broken skies. Periods of heavy snow (S3 +) with lulls between snow pulses. About 5 or 6″ of new snow accumulated through the day.

Snowpack: New snow fell very low density and unaffected by wind. About 12-18″ of recent soft slab (fist + to 4F) over the Dec 13th facet layer, which is basically a faceted conglomerate of all snow prior to Dec 13th to the ground. Lots of collapsing when traveling low angle terrain, and a NE facing slope fractured wall to wall but didn’t slide…just spiderweb cracks down to the facet layer.