Red Lady Glades

CB Avalanche Center2015-16 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 02/02/2016
Name: Alex Banas
Subject: Red Lady Glades
Aspect: South East, South West
Elevation: 9,400-11,800

Weather: OVC skies all day. Calm wind and no snow. Sun broke out a few times.
Snowpack: Storm totals at 10,380′ SE were 45cm. Ski pen around 30cm. I noticed 6-8″ settlement cones during the first half of the skin up to ridge and the ski quality reflected that as well. 2-3cm wind formed zipper crust was apparent near treeline. The storm snow is starting to slab up trending from f-4f in the upper 50cm of the pack, making for tricky skiing down low angle terrain. Lower down in the glades I noticed 2-4 feet shooting cracks in front of my skis as well as large, isolated collapses.