Frozen crusts

CB Avalanche Center 2016-17 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 03/12/2017
Name: Zach Guy
Subject: Frozen crusts
Aspect: South East, South
Elevation: 9,600-11,000 ft

Avalanches: Bomber snowpack. No signs of instability.
Weather: Overcast in the morning, with breaks in the cloud cover midday. Moderate winds at our elevation, looked stronger up higher. S-1 in the morning.
Snowpack: Thick, supportive crusts remained frozen on southerly aspects. Ski and boot pen are both ~zero. The grains have matured on these slopes and it appears that they can handle a fairly significant warm-up without wet loose or wet slabs concerns. More concerned with the structure on other aspects or maybe higher elevations for next week’s warmup for wet avalanches.