Mt. Owen

CB Avalanche Center 2014-15 Observations

Name: Zach Guy
Title: Mt. Owen
Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 12/12/2014
Aspect: North, North East, East
Elevation: 11,000 – 13,000 ft

Snowpack: For ATL slopes over a week out since last snow, the snow surface is remarkably unscathed by wind. The Dec 1 snowfall has metamorphosed to rippled near surface facets (~3″ thick), over older, stiff windboard. Isolated gulley features have a thin windcrust over the NSF. Breakable MF crust as the aspect changes to ESE. No signs of instability on slopes up to 45 degrees, except for shallow facet sluffing, enough to require heads-up sluff management. Can’t recall the last time I saw such a widespread PWL so well preserved on the surface at all elevation bands here in CB.