Red Lady Bowl

CB Avalanche Center 2019-20 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/02/2020
Name: Ian Havlick
Subject: Red Lady Bowl
Aspect: East, South East, South, South West
Elevation: 10-12,000ft

Avalanches: none observed in terrain traveled. Looked like potential some small debris across in the Green Lake area near Axtell, and some minor human-cut cornice fall in center of RLB, no results.

Weather: Beauty day, cold, crisp, tapering NW winds after 11am, orographic haze and very light flurries persisted most of day. Storm accumulations seemed in the 6-10″ range. intense solar

Snowpack: Lower elevation protected southerlies moistened in afternoon and will be a crust tomorrow. Otherwise, remarkable coverage above treeline, winds have not moved much snow off traditionally scoured uptrack to top of Emmons. No profiles dug, but pole tests confirmed stack of melt freeze crusts in upper 3 feet of snowpack. Denser wind drifted snow in lee and crossloaded terrain. Avoided obvious wind loaded terrain today.