New Crusts and Quiet NE

CB Avalanche Center 2018-19 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 12/25/2018
Name: Evan Ross

Subject:
Aspect: North East, East, South East
Elevation: 9,000-11,200

Avalanches:

Observed previous avalanche activity in the last 24:
Natural D2 slab in RLB, SE Mt Emmons ATL.
Couple of Natural D1.5 loose snow avalanches in N facing Red well Basin.
Several natural loose snow avalanches in steep terrain BTL.

Weather: Broken cloud cover with enough sun and green housing to crust up those southerly facing slopes. Saw a few snow plumes off the higher points but on this tour the winds were calm.
Snowpack: For Jesus’ birthday in 2018 he said, Evan, I give you an avalanche problem free tour. Well, thats kind of what happened. The universe told me I wasn’t allowed to skin until late afternoon. So in the afternoon we crushed up some crusty south from 9,000ish feet to 11,000ft. Here the snowpack structure sucks for the future when we get bigger load, but for now it was a non issue in this terrain that didn’t have previous wind-loading. Couple notes in pics below for more information on that. For the same elevation change on the northeast side of the compass, we got a quick decent before the sun said it was the end of Jesus’ birthday. Played it real safe on the more NTL type terrain. Some hard ski cuts just off the ridge didn’t produce jack. Those cuts would have been in the thickest part of the slab for what it’s worth. Transitioning into the more BTL type terrain, the HS decreased as did the snowpack structure. Basically soft snow over weak snow. Some sluffing in steep terrain, but didn’t see any shooting cracks as I would have expected. I guess Jesus just had our back.

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