Short Tour & Few More Avalanches

CBAC 2020-21 Observations

Date of Observation: 02/04/2021
Name: Evan Ross

Zone: Southeast Mountains
Location: Kebler Pass Area
Aspect: East, South East, South, South West
Elevation: BTL

Avalanches: Remotely triggered two avalanches on lower elevation E to SE facing slopes. The first was remotely triggered from a low angled ridgeline and released as a storm slab on the most recent interface. The second was also remotely triggered from a low angled Ridgeline several hundred feet away, that slab released on weak facets at the 1/19 interface. Both avalanches were soft slabs with crowns in the 2 to 2.5-foot range.

Weather: Bluebird in the morning, becoming mostly cloudy in the afternoon with light snowfall. I never got up high enough to observe ridgeline winds.

Snowpack: Fairly quick afternoon tour to get a feel of how conditions were shaping up. Targeted one SW facing slope at 10,400ft with no current avalanche concerns under this load, other than the possibility of a storm slab releasing on the preserved graupel. Recent storm accumulations were about 30cm’s at that location near the Irwin Y. Headed back through similar elevations on E to SE facing slopes and obviously, they were much more reactive.