Mt. Emmons Activity

LOCATION: Crested Butte Area
DATE OF OBSERVATION: 01/15/2015
NAME: Matt Zia
SUBJECT: Mt. Emmons Activity
ASPECT: N, NE, E, SE, S
ELEVATION: 10,000-12,300

AVALANCHES: Lots of small natural slides in Red Lady Bowl and off of Scarp Ridge. Mostly just sluffing snow, D1 maybe D2 at the largest (biggest appeared to be human trigged sluff from skiing Redwell) and isolated to steepest slopes. Saw evidence of a recent slab avalanche on a steep shaded slope in Redwell, but was way too far away to see anything else.

WEATHER: Splitter. Zero wind until we hit the Emmons summit ridge, then very light from the N-NW. Sunny all day.

SNOWPACK: Red Lady Glades alternated between breakable crust, mashed potatoes, and creamy powder. Snow was very dependent on sky cover, aspect, and elevation; surface conditions varied on a scale of feet.