Crested Butte Area

CB Avalanche Center 2015-16 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 02/14/2016
Name: Steve Banks
Subject: Crested Butte Area
Aspect: North East

Snowpack: Skied NNE slopes up to 34* with no collapsing or whompingor recent avalanche activity. Mostly faceted and weak snowpack, though some persistent slab structure. Several hand shears revealed difficult to pull off, but somewhat clean shears between 40 and 60 cms below the surface. One on suspected surface hoar, the others on surface facets. HS around 100-130 cms. Steeper slopes are close to posing a facet sluff problem.
Temps remained cool, with noted temperatures of -4 to -2 C. Moderate morning winds calmed through the day and were varied by the terrain. Periods of S1 snowfall with little accumulation.