Ruby Peak

CB Avalanche Center 2019-20 Observations

Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 02/18/2020
Name: Ian Havlick
Subject: Ruby Peak
Aspect: South East, South, South West
Elevation: 10-12,800ft

Avalanches: No fresh avalanches within the last 24hrs although there were a few shallow wind slabs that looked to had failed late in Mondays exiting storm.

Weather: Few clouds, strong solar radiation (short-sleeved on most of skin up), light SW winds, no wind transport except visible plumes near Chair Mtn toward Marble around 1500. Radiation was strong, but cold temps.

Snowpack: Upper Snowpack was quickly moistening from solar and will be crusty in the morning on southerlies. DId not dig, but could feel several thin crusts in upper 3ft of snowpack that spooked me a bit. Aborted plans to center punch Ruby when pole probing revealed same fragile melt-freeze crust buried 2-3ft deep under increasing density snow and wind load from last few days.