Snow obs

CB Avalanche Center2015-16 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 02/17/2016
Name: Steve Banks
Subject: Snow obs
Aspect: East, South, West
Elevation: 11,900-10-500

Snowpack: East facing slopes in the morning had breaker crust but skiable. Quickly warming temps were hedged by increasing winds and clouds throughout the day. Slightly above freezing temps led to moist snow surface and softening crusts in the afternoon.
Found dry snow in protected WNW terrain sheltered by trees. No signs of instability on slopes up to 34 degrees. In the afternoon a refreeze zipper crust was forming on sunnier slopes