Purple Ridge

CB Avalanche Center 2014-15 Observations

Name: Scott Krankkala
Title: Purple Ridge
Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 12/17/2014
Aspect: North East
Elevation: 12,300

Weather: Approximately 1in of low density snow fell overnight in the tour area. Light snow in the morning clearing around 9:30. Clouds returned with light snow around 1230. Winds were light from the northwest on ridgetops.

Snowpack: Little evidence of overnight wind transport. Yesterday’s tracks were not completely obscured, and little evidence of deposition from west winds was noted along the ridge. Snow immediately below ridge was still soft. Released one small shallow slab on a crossloaded feature although it failed to propagate more than 10ft. No other signs of instability were noted. Closer to the valley bottom the effect of temperature was evident as the surface snow became much more dense and cohesive.