Some Cracking

CB Avalanche Center 2017-18 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 12/24/2017
Name: Karin Pocock

Subject: Some Cracking
Aspect: East
Elevation: 9,700-10,800

Avalanches:
Weather:
Snowpack: Some cracking no further than 1-2m from ski tips, some “whumpfing” on small convexities on slope that produced cracks, but nothing else.
Generally the HS is roughly 40-60cm. On average it’s 30(ish)cm of FC and small DH with roughly 15-20cm HST from the last 48hrs sitting on top of it. In sheltered areas the whole snowpack is relatively homogenous in resistance F through 4F-. In wind effected areas it’s super variable, stripped to the facets, pencil hard 1-3″ wind skin/windslab on the surface, or deeper HST of variable densities from wind effect.

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