Facet Sluffs

CB Avalanche Center 2015-16 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 03/02/2016
Name: Steve
Subject: Facet Sluffs
Aspect: North East
Elevation: 11,700-9,400′

Avalanches:
Weather: Broken skies after a brief snow squall between 8 and 9 am. Near but below freezing temps with a cold moderate to strong wind blowing from the SW but swirling and sometimes blowing upslope from the NE
Snowpack: Skier triggered a couple small facet sloughs in steep terrain. Otherwise no avalanche problems found as there is very little strength in the snowpack. Ski pen from 0-20cms. Snowpack depth averaged 120cm, but previously avalanched areas had as little as 35cm.
Not nearly enough new snow to form windslabs. Crusts did not soften even at low elevations.