Phoenix/ Spellbound Bowl CBMR

CB Avalanche Center 2018-19 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/14/2019
Name: CBPSP

Subject: Phoenix/ Spellbound Bowl CBMR
Aspect: North, North East
Elevation: 11,000′-10,000′

Avalanches:

AB-SS-R1-D1-O ( 4#AB)

Weather: Clear with strong solar radiation, winds were calm, and temperatures in the low teens throughout the day.

Snowpack: Observed N- NE aspects near and below tree line. In general a VERY WEAK SNOWPACK! Avg. HS 40-50 and up to 125 cm’s with ski pen to the ground. Soar legs with not much to talk about in terms of avalanche activity. Teams were able to trigger small loose dry avalanches in specific steep terrain with explosives. Also observed collapsing and cracking within specific terrain features. Teams also observed wide spread surface hoar through out the terrain. If the forecast produces we will have a problem on terrain at this aspect and elevation the current snow pack will not be able to support any significant load.

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