Fast And Fun

CB Avalanche Center 2018-19 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 01/12/2019
Name: Evan Ross

Aspect: North East
Elevation: 9,000-11,300

Weather: Mostly cloudy and snowing S-1 for a good bit of the day. Couple inches of new snow over the last 24hr. Clam winds.

Snowpack: No collapses or obvious signs to instability. Traveling on slopes in the upper 30 degree range at all elevations traveled. Previous ski tracks in the area where on similar slopes in the upper 30 degree range and skiing through previously wind-loaded terrain. HS was generally in the 130cm range.

Dug once at about 10,000ft. NE, 30 degree slope. HS 125. ECTN just below the 1/6 storm snow on 2mm SH. ECTP H on the 4F facets near the ground. No ECT or CT results below the holiday slab in the middle of the snowpack where many recent avalanches have been failing. The old NFS grains at this interface were 1mm and progressing towards rounds with necking forming between the grains.