Skiing and hole digging

CB Avalanche Center2018-19 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 12/09/2018
Name: Eric Murrow

Subject: Skiing and hole digging
Aspect: North East, South West, West
Elevation: 11,000′ to 12,400′


One very small, thin wind slab in east bowl on Baldy immediately below ridgetop.

Weather: Filtering low and midlevel clouds and sunshine. Winds near and above treeline were light with occasional drifting off the tallest and most exposed peaks and ridges. Air temps were cool, but solar radiation was strong enough to moisten slopes near 30 degrees or steeper that faced very close to south.
Snowpack: While traveling across steeper southerly slopes the snow surface became moist by midday even above treeline up to 12,400′.

Dug a profile on a northeasterly (51*) slope near tree line at 11,700′, HS 97cm, slope angle 24 degrees. Test results most notably showed CT 11SC on Thanksgiving interface, 2-3mm facets, ECTP 19 and ECTP20 on same facets. See photo below.