Red Lady Bowl

CB Avalanche Center 2019-20 Observations

Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 04/12/2020
Name: Ian Havlick
Subject: Red Lady Bowl
Aspect: East, South East, South, South West
Elevation: 9-12000

Avalanches: Possibly one new D1.5 out of 3rd bowl Axtell but marginal visibility prevented confirmation. If it was a fresh slide, it failed as a windslab in this morning’s new snow on leeward SE facing slopes 11,500-12,000. no other reactive slabbiness in new, wind drifted snow in bowl proper or subsequent lower elevation rollers. Maybe early this morning while still cold but radiation and warming has glued new snow and moistened on all aspects and shady areas in terrain traveled.

Weather: scattered clouds, intermittent flurries 10:30-12:30, but bulk of cloudiness staying to west/NW of CB. Moderate westerly wind gusts transporting good amount of snow above treeline.

Snowpack: 6-16″ new snow depending on leeward or windward terrain. The snow seemed to fall right side up and moist, preventing too much transport. Windslabs were growing, but unreactive in terrain traveled midday. New snow was close to rollerball on steeper terrain and may see wet concerns later with more concentrated radiation. Lower elevations became much stickier and wetter than alpine.