Copper Creek

CB Avalanche Center 2015-16 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/02/2016
Name: Ian Havlick
Subject: Copper Creek
Aspect: East, South East, South, South West
Elevation: 9400-10000

Avalanches: No recent avalanches observed . Evidence of xmas slides are present, but becoming harder to observe. Did see a fresh cornice fall triggered slide within last 4 days on steep cliffy area on east facing slope on Gothic
Weather: Cold morning warmed with intense solar during day. Around 1300, increasingly overcast skies put damper on any further heating. Calm winds.
Snowpack: Widespread surface hoar and near surface faceting last two mornings. Temperature profile in 130cm pit showed very strong gradients in upper and lower snowpack. -10 to -19C in upper 30cm and -7 to 0 degrees in lower 10cm in a pit South facing at 10,000ft.

Numerous large collapses on 10-30 degree slopes on southern half of compass BTL. ECTP14 SC, numerous CTM and RB6 sudden collapse on a rush block test preformed on a south facing, BTL slope 22 degrees in steepness. Thin layer of moist 3mm facets failed within a 50cm snowpack in this location.