Continued Obvious Signs To Instability

CBAC 2020-21 Observations

Zone: Northwest Mountains
Date of Observation: 12/14/2020
Name: Evan Ross
Aspect: North, North East, West
Elevation: 11,000

Weather: Poor visibility until the weather started to clear in the late afternoon. Calm winds. Measured about 6″ of very light new snow at 11,000ft, from todays storm.

Snowpack: Spent a few hours in the afternoon traveling around 11,000ft on West, North and Northeast aspects. More of the same, shooting cracks on many of the slopes traveled. The avalanche problem was fairly obvious without having to look to hard. Conservative decision making. If you chose to travel on a steep slope, that hadn’t already avalanched, it seemed like a high likelihood it would avalanche… Got close to some bigger steep slopes wondering if they would remote trigger and didn’t see any results.

Measured about 6″ of very light new snow at 11,000ft, from todays storm. HS at 11,000ft in a well sheltered meadow was right about 100cm.

Due to traveling on lower angled slopes. The only time I saw blocks move was when they were cut up. This particular slab was about 70cm’s thick.