Emerald Lake Tour

CB Avalanche Center 2015-16 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 01/30/2016
Name: ADB
Subject: Emerald Lake Tour
Aspect:
Elevation: BTL

Avalanches: Heard a whump while passing by Washingtong Gulch T.H.
Weather: Trailhead in the morning: S1 snowfall, but dissipated once we were below Snodgrass. Calm all the way up Gothic road. Warm under overcast skies with very short periods of S-1 snowfall. Within 1.5 miles of Schoefield pass, encountered S1 snowfall and moderate winds, which were concentrated in the narrow valley south of Schoefield Pass. Winds transported enough snow to fill in our 2 to 4 inch skin track broken 10 minutes earlier. Once we were back in East River Valley Bottom, calm and no snow. Encountered light winds at trailhead at the end of the tour.
Snowpack: Trailhead: trace of snow at outset of tour (last 12 hours).
Rustlers Gulch to 1.5 miles of Schoefield Pass: 1 to 3 inches of snow (last 36 hours). In this upper zone, SW aspect had 2 inch sun crust, while SE had new snow (last 36 hours) on sun crust.