Snowpack Feeling Strong and Managing Consequence With Terrain

CB Avalanche Center 2018-19 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 02/19/2019
Name: Evan Ross

Subject: Snowpack Feeling Strong and Managing Consequence With Terrain
Aspect: North East
Elevation: 11,800-9,400

Weather: Trace of new snow today, mostly cloudy, clam winds with snow blowing off Gothic Mountain.

Snowpack: Boot Pen in the 35-40cm range as the upper snowpack has set up. Surprisingly little sluffing and no obvious signs to instability observed. Stepping out mindset in the terrain, but still managing exposure and avoiding higher consequence terrain features. Dug into one start zone that has previously avalanched earlier this season. NE aspect at about 10,700ft and around 35 degrees steep. HS 180. CTH SP result on a thin layer of 1cm NSF down 60cm. The possibility was there with faceted grains in the snowpack, but no particular layer was screaming that it was the layer of concern.

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