snow surveys and obs

CB Avalanche Center 2016-17 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/27/2017
Name: ADB
Subject: snow surveys and obs
Aspect: South
Elevation: BTL

Avalanches: Observed on Happy Chutes BTL and within past 48 hours?:
two D2 slides on the northern side. Appeared to be naturally caused from cross loaded slopes

at least two D1 slides in line with Warming Hut. One appeared to be skier triggered.
Weather: Freaking cold even in the sun. Clear and calm.
In AM observed east winds blowing copious amounts of snow on summits of Whetstone and north ridge of Mt. Emmons.

In PM, observed wind shift with snow being blown from the west on same peak and ridge. Also observed west winds blowing snow in Paradise Divide.
Snowpack: Keystone which is bottom of Red Lady Glades:
Average Depth: 68 inches
snow water equivalent (SWE): 17.1 inches
snow density: 25%

Crested Butte near Warming Hut:
Average depth: 62 inches
SWE: 15.8 inches
snow density: 25%