Did it snow?

CB Avalanche Center CBAC Observations

Date of Observation: 12/11/2021
Name: Harry V. L.

Zone: Southeast Mountains
Route Description: Slate. Not very far. As it turns out, old sleds are not as good as new ones. To have enough money to buy a good snowmobile would be nice… Anyway, we went up Gunsight on a walkaround.

Observed avalanche activity: Yes
Avalanches: We assumed that many of the recent activity in the alpine was drifted in and/ or filled back in with the last spurts of snow yesterday afternoon. However, we were confident there were many which had filled in and weren’t visible… On our little walk up Gunsight we were able to easily produce reactive results on anything and everything. Pretty much everything that was remotely steep enough to slide had already gone to ground, or at least fractured to ground. Luckily we found one switchback that was primed to go and it barely took the weight of a ski to send it to ground (see picture). Skied a few meadows on the descent and it was a symphony of whoomphs.
Weather: Cold. Car said -9 at around 9am. Upon return, car read 4 at 2pm. We observed flagging off everything above treeline all day. Obviously windy in the alpine, seeminly due west. No wind BTL on N.
Snowpack: Well, a lot of adjectives. We were walking on shady N facing aspects primarily… So, unsupportive, unconsolidated, noisy, reactive, etc. Ski pen was close to ground and boot pen was basically to ground… No surprises there.

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