slate drainage whoomphs and shooting cracks

CB Avalanche Center 2019-20 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 11/27/2019
Name: MR

Subject: slate drainage whoomphs and shooting cracks
Aspect: East
Elevation: 9,600-11,100

Avalanches:
Weather: intermittent s1 snowfall, cold temps, calm winds
Snowpack: thin snowpack from valley floor to 10,200 or so, either no structure to ground or in some areas a thin crust near ground. Above 10,200 as we entered trees the snowpack deepened and from there to where we turned around at 11,100 witnessed widespread constant whoomphs and collapses, with shooting cracks 20-40 feet on one pitch in the low 30 degrees at 10,400.

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