Little Italian Mountain/Taylor Pass

CB Avalanche Center 2017-18 Observations

Location: Upper Taylor Area
Date of Observation: 12/15/2017
Name: Ben Pritchett

Subject: Little Italian Basin (Italian Joe Pass) / Taylor Pass
Aspect: South, South East
Elevation: 10-12,000ft

Avalanches:

Observed several D1 windslabs near Little Italian Basin and Taylor Pass.

Snowpack: north winds transported snow onto SE facing slopes above treeline. At 11,000ft we saw a 50cm entirely faceted snowpack. Once above treeline, the snowpack is wind and sun ravaged, with pockets of sunbaked hardslab between scoured and crusted facet beds.