Paradise Divide

CB Avalanche Center 2015-16 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 01/02/2016
Name: Steve Banks
Subject: Paradise Divide

Snowpack: Skied on a south-southwest aspect slopes 30-35 degrees with no current signs of instability. Thermometer was broken, but very cold in the morning and warmed nicely in the sun in the afternoon. Warm enough for the snow to get a little moist, but I don’t think it will have a crust tomorrow. Winds were light to non-existent from the west and the temperature quickly plummeted again as the sun went down.
Probing showed 150-170 cm average depth with a consistent snow pack and it seemed there was little in the way of basel weaknesses on this sunny slope. At higher elevations it felt as though there were older crusts in the snowpack, but they were not super pronounced. Good quality, supportive skiing with a ski pen around boot top and boot pen to the knee.
Lots of small slides from the light snow earlier in the week. All D-1’s, sluffy or very shallow slabs, but widespread on N-E aspects in steeper windloaded areas.