Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 03/08/2018
Name: Chris Martin
Subject: RLB OBS
Aspect: South East, South
Weather: Clear sky in the morning becoming slightly overcast as the day progressed. Light winds with strong gusts at red lady summit. Temps at 10am 2C valley bottom. Warming with strong solar AM down low and throughout the day but no enough for most of crust in RLB to become soft. Winds near summit kept air and snow cool. Overcast increasing late in day.
Snowpack: Bomber crust refreeze overnight at elevations (BTL) traveled today. Crusts and dry snow interspersed all aspects BTL. Crust quickly warmed but staying supportive BTL. Snow found in RLB was on the edge of being dry snow but quickly crusting, I think we caught the last day before full crustage. Nice supportable powder skiing. Avg HS 40-120cm. Skiers Left side of the bowl is holding around 260cm +/- in start zone.
@11400’ S aspect. HS 110cm ranging from F,4F,1F to ground with ranges from 1F- towards bottom of snowpack (Top-Bottom). Snowpack in this specific spot, consolidating.