SE snowpack observations

CB Avalanche Center 2015-16 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 11/28/2015
Name: Evan Ross
Subject: SE snowpack observations
Aspect: South East
Elevation: 10,000-12,500
Weather: Scattered skys in the morning turned to few by mid day. Calm wind throughout the day.
Snowpack: 10-15cm of total storm snow, blown into about 30cm on the lee sides of terrain features from SW winds overnight. Even in blown in areas storm snow lacked any slab formation. Steep or extreme terrain had many small sloughs running on slick/hard old snow surfaces.

Dug 1st pit around 11,500ft on a SE aspect and didn’t find a slab throughout the whole snowpack. Snowpack consisted of new snow over crust, facet, crust, facet combinations. Dug 2nd pit on the crown of the 11/24 skier trigged avalanche on Agustata Mountain at 12,400ft. Profile below.

Due south aspects were warming up slightly, otherwise all snow surfaces appeared to stay cold.

Agusta-crown-11.28