Red Mountain

CB Avalanche Center 2016-17 Observations, Snow Profiles

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/13/2017
Name: Ian Havlick
Subject: Red Mountain
Aspect: North, West, North West
Elevation: 9200-9600

Avalanches: no signs of obvious crowns on SE facing shoulder of Whetstone or surrounding terrain. Visibility was improving but still limited.
Weather: Overcast skies, snow flurries, temps in mid 20s. light but sneaky south winds.
Snowpack:  40cm boot pen. Steady southerly wind re-filled skin track in 30min.  Found spooky structure digging in a targeted shallow area due to wind scouring/loading/scouring near ridgetop on a NNW aspect.  Profile revealed preserved buried surface hoar from New Years Day, as well as reactive basal facets.  No signs of instability or evidence of recent avalanches on S-SE shoulder of Whetstone, but visibility remained limited during tour.

ECTP24 SP on surface hoar, as well as PST37/100end on SH.

PST20/100 end on basal facets.

surface hoar found 60cm from ground
3-4mm facets from near ground