CB Avalanche Center 2019-20 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 03/20/2020
Name: Joey Carpenter
Subject: Skook
Aspect: North East
Elevation: 9-11.4k

R1D1 skier trigger along small convexity at 11.1k approx 18 inches deep. Ran more like loose dry than slab. Broke in frown, not lateral slab release.

R1.5D1.5 on larger convexity just below approx 10.8k that broke more like 3 smaller slabs as skier cut across the roll. Confined to storm snow. 18” deep and 200ft wide. Not enough to bury but definitely enough to carry and rake an unsuspecting skier through terrain features… Debris ran around 400 vert.

Weather: On and off snowfall throughout the morning. Approximately 2” accumulation. Brief periods of sun rapidly altered low elevation snow surfaces but everything above 10k stayed cold on aspect we traveled.

Snowpack: Storm settled to ~18” from yesterday. Lower elevations had moistened crust beneath storm snow.