CB Avalanche Center2016-17 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/18/2017
Name: Jake Beren
Subject: SH
Aspect: East
Elevation: 9,000-11,000

Weather: Sunny skies and cool temps (no batts in the ol thermometer, but skinning in more layers than usual). Calm winds with a minor amount of blowing snow at ridge tops observable up toward the White Widow couloir.
Snowpack: No digging due to a bad back and late start (1200), but boot pen is less than Will’s ob from 1/15, at 25 cms. Settlement cones look to be about a foot tall on the Aspens in the valley. Roller balls off the West face of Gothic (and a skinner up with no tracks on the Spoon or W Face- hope one of you folks got on the East today!). HS at the top of the bowl was 240+. Some Southerly aspects picked up a weak crust (infer frowny face emoji).
The star of the show was widespread Surface Hoar everywhere, from the valley floor to ridge top. Up to 2 cms in size, and present even on sunnier Eastern aspects. The fog seems to have left us a present and I hope it deteriorates before the next round of weather. Keep your heads on a swivel out there friends!