Crested Butte area BTL

CB Avalanche Center 2019-20 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 02/27/2020
Name: Zach Kinler

Aspect: North, North East, East, South East

Elevation: 9,000-10,200

Avalanches:

No new avalanches observed.

 

Weather: Stunning bluebird day, FEW high clouds drifting over. Temps near freezing with light NW breeze occasionally gusting to moderate.

Snowpack: Toured below tree line on the north side of Mt. Emmons on E-N aspects. HS 130- 160 cm. No signs of instability while skiing on slopes up to 35 degrees or stomping small test slopes greater than 35 degrees. Profiled E and N aspects targeting the early February interface. This layer was 43 cm down on E and 60 cm down on N. ECTX on both slopes however on E the 1st loading step after the standard test got propagating results. Both produced PST END results with E 35/100 and N 40/100. Due east surfaces remained dry while any aspect south of east became moist.

Photos:

East aspect 10,000′

PST 35/100 (END) East 10,000′

North aspect, 9600′

PST 40/100 (END) North 9600′