Elkton

CB Avalanche Center 2017-18 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/28/2018
Name: Ian HAVLICK

Subject: Elkton
Aspect: East, South East, South, South West, West
Elevation: 9200-10500

Avalanches:

Did observe one relatively recent D2 avalanche in Avy 1 glades confined to steeper, shadier side of convex slope. E facing, BTL.

Weather: Partly cloudy, some high peaks had lingering stratus. Moderate NW winds at all elevations. Temps were generally cold but very strong solar radiation warmed day.
Snowpack: Biggest take away from field day was sneaky and steady W-NW winds at all elevations drifting skin track quickly, and changing snow surfaces to moderate ripple and wind crusts/slabs. No signs of instability while traveling. Generally supportable with ski pen 10-20cm.

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