Mt Emmons

CB Avalanche Center 2015-16 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 02/15/2016
Name: Evan Ross
Subject: Mt Emmons
Aspect: North East, East, South East
Elevation: 9,000-12,000

Weather: Mostly cloudy sky. Mostly light westerly winds at rigeline, with evidence of previously drifted snow.
Snowpack: New snow amounts in the 1-3″ range. Ski pen mostly about the same. No wind slabs found or an active persistent slab.

South east at 11,000ft in Coon glade had a 7cm VD (valentines day) crust with dry snow below. Same elevation on a more protected south facing slope in Coon Basin had a 15-30cm refrozen crust like thing with moist snow below, often to the ground.

East facing bowl ATL in Coon Basin has about 2-3″ new snow over wind effected snow surfaces.

Northeast facing NTL/BTL in Climax chutes was around 100cm HS with persistent slab structure but no obvious instabilities observed. Some 80% of that avalanche terrain, avalanched during the last natural cycle. Skier triggered one far running facet slough in an old bed surface, D1.