Facet Sluffing

CB Avalanche Center 2017-18 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/30/2018
Name: Evan Ross

Subject: Facet Sluffing
Aspect: North East
Elevation: 9,500-11,145

Snowpack: Full depth facet sluffing on slope angles near 40 degrees. Didn’t get an HS on the upper elevation slopes, but even those that didn’t appear to have avalanched this year were still weak and sluffing to the ground. In the more open terrain, ski pen rode up higher in the snowpack on wind-loaded or cross-loaded terrain features with a more developed mid-pack. No signs to instability while skiing on these terrain features.