Rustler’s Gulch snowpack

CB Avalanche Center 2015-16 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 11/19/2015
Name: Zach Guy and Evan Ross
Subject: Rustler’s Gulch snowpack
Aspect: West, North West
Elevation: 10,000 – 11,400 ft.

 

Avalanches: Good views of Gothic, Baldy, and Belleview. Looks like one recent crown on a NE aspect above treeline on Gothic, failing near the ground a foot or two deep. SS-N-R2-D1.5-O/G. Otherwise, no recent activity.
Weather: Broken to scattered cloud cover. Light winds at our elevation but plumes from NW winds off of 12k ft peaks. No precip.
Snowpack: HS averaged 40 cm below treeline. The bottom 5-10 cm is 1.5mm moist facets (F+), and above that is settled snow from recent storms (4F to F, rounds or DF’s). No signs of instability. As we approached near treeline elevations, snowdepth and structure became much more variable due to wind effects. Basal facets were dry, and in some places capped by low density recent snow or in others capped by dense wind drifted slabs up to 2 feet thick. These slabby areas were small and isolated in distribution. We observed some small collapses and cracks when crossing these windloaded pockets.