Poverty Gulch Dec. 12

CB Avalanche Center 2015-16 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 12/12/2015
Name: Dustin Eldridge
Subject: Poverty Gulch Dec. 12
Aspect: North, North West
Elevation: 9,400- 11,000

Avalanches: Facet sluffs seemed to be more of a concern than the new snow. We released two facet sluffs, one on the uphill and one on the way down (up to 40 deg slope). The sluffs did not break below the new snow interface except in areas where the skier broke the slab near the top of the pack.
Weather: Light snow was falling on and off throughout the morning with little to no accumulation through 1 pm. Calm with no evidence of wind during the storm.
Snowpack: Around 3 inches of new snow, very similar to what was seen in town. Snowpack near treeline was around 50-70 cm with a persistent slab structure. The slab was approx. 20-30cm with another layer of faceting crystals below and about 10-20 cm of large grain faceted crystals (looked close to fully developed I believe) below that.