So Good While It Lasted

CBAC 2020-21 Observations

Date of Observation: 03/05/2021
Name: Evan Ross

Zone: Northwest Mountains
Location: P-Divide
Elevation: 9,000-11,800ft

Avalanches: Wet loose avalanches happened, but no widespread and all on the small size. Some east, some south, some west, they all had a little action.

Weather: Calm winds, warm temps, clear sky, beautiful.

Snowpack: Well, that snow sure was good while it lasted! Lots of now crusty snow surfaces heading into tomorrow, until they warm back up again… The recent snow seemed to just bake in, more than release as wet loose avalanches. Hard saying just how reactive it will be on the next warm-up after today. We slammed a whole lot of terrain features, many in the upper 30 degrees, and didn’t find any signs of instability regarding PSa. Still considering regrouping areas for the low likelihood avalanche problem. If anything, upper elevations looked like the best chance to find a thick snowpack transitioning to a thin snowpack due to previous winds.

We descended a SW aspect between 11,000-10,00ft at 3:30pm with slope angles in the upper 30 degrees. The new snow on that slope felt more baked in and we didn’t see any movement.