Mount Bellview

CB Avalanche Center 2015-16 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 11/08/2015
Name: Erin Kearns
Subject Mount Bellview 11/8/15
Aspect: North, East, South East, South, South West, West
Elevation: 9000′-12,400′

Avalanches: Small loose dry observed on NE aspect of Mt. Baldy
Weather: Mid-late teens early in the morning with temperatures rising steadily throughout the day and peaking in the mid 30’s around 12:30pm. Sunny, clear skies, calm wind.
Snowpack: -Saw a little bit of everything today on Mount Bellview.
-The most recent storm snow was settling, measuring 15-20cm deep in most areas. The exception was on the W-SW facing aspects, where it was significantly shallower (5-10cm)
-W-SW aspects appeared to have frozen into a crust the previous night, slow to soften throughout the day.
-Windloading occurring on S-SE-E aspects. Cornices beginning to form on all of these aspects. Wind slab forming at higher elevations mainly on the SE-E about 25cm deep.
-N Aspect: 3cm facets at the ground layer, buried by 2 interfaces (approx: 15cm each), each forming significant slabs. Lower slab was weaker and less cohesive than the upper.
-Heavy springlike conditions in the basin 12:30-1:30pm.