Irwin Tenure

CB Avalanche Center 2016-17 Observations

Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 02/23/2017
Name: Irwin Guides
Subject: Irwin Tenure
Aspect: East, South East, South, South West, West
Elevation: 10,000-12,000

Avalanches: D1 sensitive windslab’s triggered from cornice work EBM. 12″ deep, 80′ feet wide. Smaller and stiffer D.5 windslabs on mid-elevation UWW.
Weather: Cold! Warmest temps were this morning and dropped throughout the day. 0* at Ridge and 9* at Study plot. Blustery day, peak gust
Snowpack: Protected loaded terrain had upwards of 13″ new. Windslabs were primarily stubborn with the exception of specific terrain features in EBM. Ski pen was soft underfoot, occassionally feeling old tracks. UUWW Castle Valley was more blown out than loaded, frozen chicken heads were greatest hazard at this elevation and aspect. Snowpack stiffened throughout the day with strong winds and cold temps.