Natural activity and stiffening slabs

CB Avalanche Center 2018-19 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/08/2019
Name: Eric Murrow

Subject: Natural activity and stiffening slabs
Aspect: North East, East
Elevation: 9,600-10,800


Peeler Peak ATL ENE R1-D1.5
Rock Creek Drainage (Treasury/Galena area) 2x ATL SSE R1 – D1.5 plus additional debris pile off NE slope with crown not visible
Slopes above Peanut lake road – NE BTL R2 – D1.5 – camera died when viewed at end of day but I think there were two

Weather: very nice day with mild temps and calm winds

Snowpack: Travelled on NE and E terrain below treeline. Storm snow was about 35 to 40cm and was 4f- hard. Most places I looked a layer of soft preserved stellars was present at bottom of storm snow. Test results on this layer in a slightly drifted spot were CT11 and ECTN11. While crossing open portion of ridge top, I was able to get a few moderate rolling collapses by jumping, and a few short running cracks but no results. These locations with collapses were drifted 2+ feet. Ski cut the margins of two drifted areas at ridge top without results. Riding conditions were supportive and surfy very different from 24 hours prior.