Peeler/Oh be Joyful

CB Avalanche Center 2016-17 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 03/14/2017
Name: Ian Havlick
Subject: Peeler/Oh be Joyful
Aspect: North, North East, East, South East, South, North West
Elevation: 9,000-12,400

Avalanches: handful of natural D1-1.5 wet loose initiating in steep and extreme terrain on SE-SW facing terrain all elevations in Ruby Range. Other southerly slopes appeared well behaved with little moving snow. DId observe wet slab/mud slide adjectnt to Kebler Pass road this evening (photos)
Weather: Warm, very light westerly winds in afternoon. Clear, with strong radiation. no wind transport observed.
Snowpack: Snow surfaces warmed on all but high northwest-north facing terrain near and above treeline. All other aspects moistened and become wet in afternoon to 20cm deep. Surfaces started to re-freeze 5pm in shade. did not dig for lingering PS structure, but did ski steep northerlies, cautiously. Around 1730 surfaces in shade began to re-freeze, but felt wet grained snow extended 30cm deep, losing cohesion late in day.

D1.5 wet loose Afley lower right corner
Schuykill Peak D1 Wet lOose
Wet slab/mud slide Kebler Pass