Recent Natural Avalanches along Kebler Pass Road

CB Avalanche Center 2014-15 Observations

LOCATION: Kebler Pass Area
NAME: Zach Guy
SUBJECT: Recent Natural Avalanches along Kebler Pass Road
ASPECT: North, North East, East, South


AVALANCHES: Good view of recent avalanche cycle from the weekend’s storm. About a dozen soft slabs, D1 to D1.5’s, failing at the storm interface on northwest to east-northeast aspects. (Several on Mt. Axtell, Carbon Peak, East bowl in the Anthracites, Northwest bowl in the Anthracites, above Coal Creek, and in the Anthracite Range). Most of these were near/below treeline, and two were above treeline near Ohio Peak. Two notable slides had larger crowns, and looked to have failed on older, deeper layers, several feet deep and D2 in size. One was a heavily crossloaded slope on Mt Axtell, NE aspect below treeline. The other was a north facing bowl below Ohio Peak. I think the latter failed today. There were dozens of dry loose avalanches, D1 in size, on various aspects, and a number of natural wet loose avalanches ran today on southerly aspects, but didn’t see any slab avalanches on these aspects in the Ruby Range or Peeler Basin.

WEATHER: Clear skies. Calm winds. High of 32 at 10k.

SNOWPACK: Snow surfaces became moist on E through S through W aspects today.