Pre-storm shakedown

CB Avalanche Center 2017-18 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 12/20/2017
Name: ZDK

Subject: Pre-storm shakedown
Aspect: North, North East, East, North West
Elevation: 9000-11,200

Avalanches:

None observed.

Weather: Overcast with stormy-looking clouds building. 26F at 10:00 to 32F at 13:30, light S-W winds BTL
Snowpack: Toured E-NE-N-NW aspects from 9,000-11,200 around Wolverine Basin. Average snowpack 30-50cm of weak faceted snow below a 1-3 cm faceting crust from warmer temps in late Nov. That crust generally now has 1-4 cm of small faceted crystals above it on most sheltered slopes from recent light accumulations . Although the crust has weakened in recent weeks, it still may be capable of supporting a slab in certain areas especially as you move from North aspects to NE and E aspects.

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