Paradise Divide Look Around

CB Avalanche Center 2019-20 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 03/31/2020
Name: Evan Ross
Subject: Paradise Divide Look Around
Elevation: 9,500-13,000

Avalanches: Passed through a bunch of terrain, so you’re going to see a bit of everything. Multiple cornices released today. The ones I saw entrained some surface snow or shallow slabs, but I didn’t see anything reach D2 in size. Natural Loose Wet Avalanches at all elevations. In the Alpine, easterly seemed to have the most wet activity as they were the most protected from the wind. At least one loose wet reached D2, but most of everything I saw was in the D1 to D1.5 range. Several small surface slabs out there. Old slab ¬†avalanches that had released deeply into the snowpack were either, non existent, out of sight, or I didn’t see them. I did see a D2 on a SE cross-loaded feature of Mineral Point. That one looked like a shallow Wind Slab.

Snowpack: Lots of snow surfaces were becoming moist or wet out there. Definitely a big transition day for many slopes. Mostly found myself managing cornice hazards or wet issues. Otherwise no other signs to instability.