Shallow Windslabs above treeline

CB Avalanche Center 2016-17 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 12/04/2016
Name: Sam Lesnikoski
Subject: Shallow Windslabs above treeline
Aspect: North, North East, East

Avalanches: Two older natural windslabs off of purple ridge above treeline. Triggered two windslabs on east facing aspects from skin track on ridge by stomping on ridgeline convexities, ran aprox. 50 ft. Triggered longer running windslab by ski cut from highpoint of ridge on more north east facing aspect. Ran approx. 500ft from ridgetop to bench. Quickly dissipated into shallow sluff.
Weather: Calm, sunny. Intermittent light breeze. Cloud cover and breeze increasing by afternoon.
Snowpack: Uniform below treeline, ski pen 6-8 inches boot pen 16-20 inches. Isolated shallow/soft windslabs above treeline.