Sensitive soft slabs

CB Avalanche Center 2020-21 Observations

Date of Observation: 04/23/2021
Name: Zach Guy and Eric Murrow

Zone: Southeast Mountains
Location: Copper Creek
Aspect: West, North West
Elevation: N/ATL

Avalanches: We found sensitive storm slab conditions today at upper elevations. Numerous thin soft slabs released naturally this morning, and we ski cut a handful of similar slabs. All of the slabs were small in size: most were 2″ to 4″ thick, 10 to 20 feet wide. In wind drifted areas, slabs were up to 8″ thick. In sustained steeper terrain, slides ran up to 1500 vertical feet.
Weather: Pulses of moderate to heavy snowfall between periods of quiet weather. Some moderate gusts with wind transport at higher elevations.
Snowpack: About 3″ of new since yesterday.