Mt Emmons

CBAC 2020-21 Observations

Date of Observation: 03/26/2021
Name: Evan Ross

Zone: Southeast Mountains
Aspect: East, South East, South
Elevation: 9,300-12,300

Weather: Calm to light winds with a few stronger gusts transporting snow. Mostly cloudy sky with convective cells moving through and creating quick bursts of snowfall. Maybe an inch or two of new snow accumulation today, but it was settling quickly.

Snowpack: Potential wind slabs were small and from what I observed were really confined to right near the ridgeline or cross-loaded terrain features. Otherwise, the cream was getting thicker with periods of sun between the clouds. Similar to yesterday’s ob in Washington Gulch, there was about 4″ of recent snow accumulation down low and around 8 to 10″ up higher. No avalanche problems were observed outside of the potential wind-loaded terrain features. One snowpit at 11,300ft on a 33 degree south facing slope had about 8″ of new snow on top of a very stout crust with a matrix of other stout crusts and percolation columns below.