CB Avalanche Center2015-16 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/05/2016
Name: JSJ
Subject: Snodgrass
Aspect: North East, East
Elevation: 9,600’ to 11,200′

Weather: Light snow from 0900 to 1400, less than an inch of accumulation; very light south wind; temps in low 20s.
Snowpack: Travelled on terrain up to 41* with no signs of instability, besides slow moving and small Loose Dry facet sloughing in steep terrain. Throughout the entire E/NE side of Snodgrass we found an average HS of 80-120cm, with a 10-15cm 1F- hard Persistent Slab resting above 15cms of depth hoar where slope angle was 35* has previously avalanched, and on these slopes total HS was anywhere from 20-60cms, with No Persistent Slab, and the only concern was Loose Dry snow avalanches and hitting buried obstacles. These slopes will again no doubt be ‘repeat offenders’ when another significant load is placed on them.