Connies Obs

CB Avalanche Center 2016-17 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 12/10/2016
Name: Alan Bernholtz
Subject: Connies Obs
Aspect: East
Elevation: 11,000 estimated

Avalanches:
Weather: Overcast, winds out of the southwest on the ridge top. No wind int he valley bottom. Temp was a round ) degree C
Snowpack: It is a slaughter fest up there. Lots of good skier traffic in the main bowl and nearby slopes. Looked at the snowpack briefly. 70 cm mostly unconsolidated Fist but there was a 4F mid pack which was about 20 cm thick. We observed some consistent easy shears using a compression test at the old snow new snow interface and consistently on the ground. The ground was uneven plants but all facetted. All our columns released on the ground either while cutting or if we continued to tap after the first failure up high. It did not feel like a lot of strength in the snowpack. We saw no signs of instability while skiing although it did feel hollow sometimes.