Name: Evan Ross
Title: Natural Persistent Slab
Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 11/28/2014
Aspect: South East
Weather: Mostly clear sky, calm winds with a few gusts at ridgeline and air temperature near or above 40 degrees.
Snowpack: Many slopes from south east to south to west had a moist snow surface at all elevations traveled.. The snow surface has seen lots of settlement over the last few days and become much more dense. Even on a north facing slope at 10,500ft with dense trees where ski penetration was around 10-20cm.
No instabilities were observed on a 36 degree south slope while traveling and skiing around 11,000ft. See attached snowpit profile below.
Avalanches: Observed 2 natural persistent slabs that failed on the 11/22 interface, around noon on south eastern slopes with crown elevations at 11,800ft.
SS-N-R2-D2-O. Crown width about 300ft wide averaging 12 inches deep. See attached profile and pictures below.
SS-N-R1-D2-O. Crown width about 80ft wide averaging 12 inches deep.
Pit dug on a similar slope and elevation to a natural avalanche on 11/28/14. SS-N-R2-D2-O. (Click title to see Profile)