Soft and Quiet

CB Avalanche Center 2017-18 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 01/27/2018
Name: Evan Ross

Subject: Soft and Quiet
Aspect: South East
Elevation: 9,400-12,390

Weather: Didn’t take any official air temps, but it sure was a cold day. Clear sky started increasing in the afternoon. Mostly calm to light winds below 12,000ft ridgeline. Moderate westerly winds at ridgeline. Snow plumes on the high points around the range.
Snowpack: Quiet and not much going on as it relates to avalanche problems. About 3 to 6″ HST from the last storm. Evidence of drifting but didn’t encounter any windslab issues in this terrain. Didn’t encounter any worrisome persistent slab structure.

On a northeasterly aspect at 11,500ft. Kicked off one very small cornice chuck that sluffed down steep 40 degree terrain gouging into a weak snowpack and sluffing down hill. The sluff rode up higher in the snowpack on lower angled (mid 30 degree) portions of the slope.