Peeler Basin and Oh-Be-Joyful Basin

Name: Zach Guy
Title: Peeler Basin and Oh-Be-Joyful Basin
Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 12/13/2014
Aspect: North, North East, South
Elevation: 9,700′ to 12,200′

Avalanches: Shallow facet sluffing on anything northerly facing. Nothing impressive, except for the one guy in our group who crashed in front of his sluff and got pummeled.

Weather: Clear skies all morning. Clouds began developing around 2 p.m. Warm temps, moderate SW winds. No precip.

Snowpack: More of the same. South aspects near treeline had wet grains (facets and meltforms) to the ground, HS around 30-40cm. North and northeast facing slopes above treeline held a continuous layer of ~3″ of near surface facets (fist hardness), sitting over a variable distribution of old, stiff snow or weak, unsupportive snow. Descending in elevation, the snowpack transitioned to mostly all facets and unsupportive on skis. See video