Questionably quiet at Coneys

CB Avalanche Center 2018-19 Observations

Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 02/19/2019
Name: Will Nunez

Subject: Questionably quiet at Coneys
Aspect: North East, East
Elevation: 9,000-11,000

Avalanches:

No signs of instabilities, shooting cracks or whomping. Large piles of sluff at the base of gothic west face was observed.

Weather: COLD, NW winds light/mod, Overcast-Few with light moments of orographic of snow fall.

Snowpack: Today’s snowpack observation where questionably quiet. Snow heights ranged from 190-220cm with a variety of snow surfaces from wind scaled in the open exposed slopes to decomposing snow flakes as .5-1mm facets in protected treed areas. Finding no instabilities while traveling we decided to dig a pit on a east aspect near tree line. The pit reveled a hand hardness from fist 190-160cm four finger 160-140cm one finger 140-60cm fist+ 60-0cm down. This confirmed that the persistent slab structure still exists with with two layers of concern. One resting on the 2/2 interface 40cm down resting on 1mm facets and easily pulled off with hand shears, not active with CT tests. The other layer of concern is still the 1/15 facet interface with +/- 3.5 inches of liquid water resting on it. The layer was unreactive to CT test but when pried off after it fell out planer with 1mm facet on both under and below the slab. Perhaps the questionably quiet snowpack structure could wake up in the right spot. The persistent slab structure still exists.
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