Crested Butte and Kebler Pass Area

CB Avalanche Center 2015-16 Observations

Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 01/21/2016
Name: Zach Guy
Subject: Crested Butte and Kebler Pass Area
Aspect: North, North East, South East, South
Elevation: Various

Avalanches: Natural soft slabs in Evans Basin (D1.5, SE aspect ATL). Ruby Peak (D2, SE aspect ATL and D1, S aspect ATL), Axtell (D1, NE aspect NTL), and Purple Peak (D2.5, S to SE aspect ATL). Most looked like wind slabs failing on or above yesterday’s storm interface. The slide on Purple probably failed on the Jan 14th crust/facet layer as a persistent slab. The larger slide on Ruby is tough to say.
Weather: Large plumes off of peaks this morning from northerly winds. Clear skies. Cold temps.
Snowpack: In Crested Butte Area: below treeline, shaded aspects, the Jan 14th facet layer remains unreactive in pits. The recent snow above it is the same hardness as the layer, both F+. We did encounter some denser, slabbier snow on open pitches that got hit by northerly winds. No signs of instability on steep terrain.

Ruby
Purple
Evans Basin