Natural windslabs off of Mt. Owen

CB Avalanche Center 2014-15 Observations

LOCATION: Kebler Pass Area
NAME: Zach Guy
SUBJECT: Natural windslabs off of Mt. Owen
ASPECT: East, South, West
ELEVATION: Near/Above treeline

AVALANCHES: Flat light but I could make out two fresh debris piles off of the East face of Mt. Owen, about D1.5 in size, ran an estimated 1,500 feet. I’m assuming they were windslabs but couldn’t see the start zones.

WEATHER: Moderate WSW winds, with extreme gusts, with large plumes off of peaks and moderate snow transport. Light snowfall tapered mid-morning. Winds eased in afternoon. Broken skies all day.

SNOWPACK: About 4-5″ of dense, wind affected snow over the Jan 30th melt freeze crust. 1″ of new.