Slate river Valley Climax chutes NE ridge line

CB Avalanche Center 2018-19 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 02/12/2019
Name: Chris Martin

Subject: Slate river Valley Climax chutes NE ridge line
Aspect: North, North East
Elevation: 9800′


D2 – R4 observed from afar in classic climax chute repeat offender. Seems to be a natural.
Seems to have run on New snow with significant propagation across path, breaking mid slope.

Weather: Light to moderate winds as ascended out of valley flowing from W-N. Warm day, Lower 20s with light cloud coverage.

Snowpack: HS 150-170cm
HST 30-40cm
Graupel layer 30-40 cm from surface consistent from lower elevations on up to pit site at 9800′. CTM PC. Seems to be settling out. This layer is present all around the zone form 2/3 grapple event?
Reactive layer 110 from surface to small column tests CTH SP
Basal Facets Very large in size with consolidation level at 4F reacting to small column tests DTH SC.

Spooky layers in depths of snowpack. With these present it’ll be a while till we’re stepping on steeper north slopes. These layers

See photo.