Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 12/28/2018
Subject: Shallow and weak snow below treeline
Aspect: North, North East
Elevation: 9,000′ – 9,600′
Weather: cold temps, scattered clouds and no precipitation or blowing snow observed
Snowpack: Shallow snowpack (30-60cm) with old wind slabs sandwiched between very weak facets. Despite the concerning structure, the slab was too weak to remain intact and transmit fractures beyond ~5m. Several ski cuts on steep test slopes failed to produce avalanches. No other cracking, collapsing or avalanches observed.