Crack, Crack, Crack, Collapse

CB Avalanche Center 2020-21 Observations

Date of Observation: 12/23/2020
Name: Andrew Breibart


Zone: Southeast Mountains
Location: Cement Creek (Deadman to Reno Divide Road)
Aspect: West, North West
Elevation: BTL


Avalanches: None.
Couldn’t see anything on Cement Mountain (north bowl).
Weather: mostly calm with spurts of light and moderate winds. Moderate winds lasted less than 1 minute transporting new snow from creek to adjacent hillslopes. Skies were obstructed. S-1 snowfall with no measurable accumalation.
Snowpack: Between 1 to 2 inches of new snow was on the ground. Total snow depth ranged between 12 inches and 28 inches (30 cm to 71 cm). Cracking occurred on all slopes explored:
1. above the road (15 to 20 degrees on East aspect near Deadman);
2.below the road (around 30 degrees on West aspect at switchbacks by Upper Cement Creek Road;
3. and in forested and open terrain away from the road (10,000 feet on W/NW aspect on slopes around 30 degrees). I had two collapses in treed terrain. Ski pen with skimo skis and 118 lb skier was 14 inches (36cm).
Photos provided.