Dense pow and fresh crown…

CB Avalanche Center CBAC Observations

Date of Observation: 02/28/2022

Zone: Southeast Mountains
Route Description: Coney’s, ENE aspect (9,400-10,800ft). Climbed into the open terrain just north of the standard skin track.

Observed avalanche activity: Yes
Avalanches: Fresh-looking D1 on skiers left side of main bowl. 40(ish)cm crown. 20 feet wide, and ran 100 feet into the only trees on the slope. May have been remotely triggered from a skier on the knob just to the north. Cracks ran 200 feet to the south along the ridge.
Weather: No wind. Blue sky. Scorching sun!
Snowpack: Very large, widespread surface hoar in the morning that had vanished by noon. New snow was dense and creamy in the main bowl. Slopes tilted toward the sun were rapidly warming by late morning, getting very wet and sticky. Still lots of violent collapses lower on the slope, in lower-angle forested terrain. Only one sizable collapse (on second ascent) in steeper terrain on the ridge feature just south of the main bowl.