Snodgrass // California Bowl

CB Avalanche Center2015-16 Observations, Snow Profiles

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 03/06/2016
Name: Seth Beers
Subject: Snodgrass // California Bowl
Aspect: North East
Elevation: 11,000′

Avalanches: No new avalanches observed. Old crowns from early Feb storm can still be seen.
Weather: @ ~11:00 am, overcast, calm winds, light snow (S1 – S2)
Snowpack: See attached test profile from NE aspect on Snodgrass. HS of 160 cm with a fairly well-developed layer of near surface facets in the top ~5 – 10 cms that sat above a cohesive slab of various firmness down to 45cm. Large F firmness DH from here to ground. Managed a CTH result on the slab / DH interface @ 45cm.

Highly variable snowpack on the way down on similar aspect ranging from the snowpack described above, to fully-faceted, to sun crusts, to bed surfaces from early Feb avy cycle. Facet sloughs were easy to initiate on steeper slopes but ran fairly slow. Near surface facets layer would seem to be one to keep an eye on during the next storm.