Poverty Gulch

CB Avalanche Center 2015-16 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 03/10/2016
Subject: Poverty Gulch
Aspect: East, South East, South
Elevation: ATL

Avalanches: After over night freeze, surface snow gained solar very quickly. Especially in absence of cooling wind.Snowballs rolling out of heating rockbands would fan out and pick up volume in track. By noon many areas were seeing surface, new snow, sluffs. Some ran long track. Didn’t observe any stepping down into old pack. Above 11,500 or so much evidence of wind transport and shallow surface wind slabs. On way out saw couple skier triggered new snow sluffs that ran long distances in confined features facing NE along Skuklyll ridge.
Weather: Blue Bird, barely a breeze on Richmond ridge. Enormous solar gain today.
Snowpack: 4-7″ new snow on frozen old surfaces. Most elevations seemed to have a good bond with the old surface. Till the sun got to it on steeper aspects.