Mt. Owen Crown

CB Avalanche Center2016-17 Observations

Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 12/21/2016
Name: Zach Guy
Subject: Mt. Owen Crown
Aspect: North East, East
Elevation: 11,000 – 12,500 ft

Avalanches: Quick look at avalanche activity in Mt. Owen’s NE bowl from the last cycle 12/16 to 12/17. A number of D2 slabs ran out of the northerly couloirs and faces. The main avalanche was a HS-N-R3-D3-O. Crown was up to 200 cm thick, 1F to P hard, and looked like it averaged around 100 cm, although winds had filled a lot of it in. The failure layer was 1mm, 4F+ facets where I dug below a ~100 cm slab.
Snowpack: On E/NE aspects, snow depths on representative slopes were 140 cm near treeline and 160 cm above treeline. No signs of instability

Crown was up to 200 cm thick, pencil hard

Hard slab debris

Looking towards the thinnest part of the slab.

Small grained facets below the slab.

Skier for scale.