Mt. Emmons

CBAC 2014-15 Observations

GUIDE(S): JSJ

DATE: 3.3.15

ACTIVITY: BC Skiing
LOCATION: Emmons
ELEVATION9,100 – 11,600′ 
ASPECT: NE / E / SE / S
WEATHER: All over the place. Ski was anywhere from obscured and snowing S2 to sunny broken spells. Mod-strong winds at treeline transporting snow from the West. 
SNOWPACK / AVALANCHE OBS: 65cms of settled storm snow from past 2 weeks resting on the old MF crust on sunny solar aspects. Overall storm snow is F-4F hard and near and above treeline is drifted into thick, dense, heavy windslabs. Lots of evidence of recent avalanche activity in past 24-48 hours, with many paths now filling back in with current strong WSW winds. Recent natural avalanches observed on steep lee East terrain of Emmons (D1-D2) and filling back in. Recent crowns and slides were also noted in Coon basin on steep S and E aspects exposed to wind loading (D2). Ran full track to basin bottom and already filling back in and forming new cornices in start zones. Many fresh slab avalanches noted on steep rocky shallow slopes below Whetstone on drive into town on HWY 135 this am also.