Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/19/2020
Name: Colorado Backcountry AIARE 1
Subject: Snodgrass Observation Tour
Elevation: 9600′ – 10400′
Avalanches: none observed
Weather: sunny and warm, about upper 20s, calm winds.
Snowpack: Snow depth 80 to 100cm. Supportive to skis, but boots went to ground. Tests, from east and northeast facing locations, showed easy result underneath new snow but new snow was still fist hard and 6 inches down. Poor structure continues to exist but midpack remains fairly weak. Moderate results in Compression Test on basal weak layer. No propagation results in ECT. Buried Surface hoar found at two sites about 40cm down. Surface hoar present on east and northeast aspects at the surface.