Mt Emmons

CB Avalanche Center2015-16 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 02/13/2016
Name: Steve Banks
Subject: Mt Emmons
Aspect: North East, East, South East
Elevation: 9,200 to 12,300

Weather: Sunny morning giving way to high clouds by noon. +2°C at 11 am near the top of Red Coon Glade. Increasing winds to strong by midday from the NW. Plumes and blowing snow off the peaks, but not much in the fetch to get transported.
Snowpack: Stout MF crust on SE slope softening by 10am. ATL most slopes are wind buffed and/or sun crusted. Red Lady Bowl left side (SW facing) had a 4″ suncrust with dry snow below. Wasn’t softening quite enough due to winds cooling the surface. NTL/BTL on North facing slopes still held dry snow and supportive pow. Anything rolling into the sun had a thin crust. Alpine slopes had stiff wind board from 4-8″ thick and 3-4 mm facets below. Shallower areas had all facets