Some good, some bad, all hot

CB Avalanche Center 2020-21 Observations

Date of Observation: 02/25/2021
Name: Wallace Cleaver


Zone: Northwest Mountains
Location: Slate
Aspect: North East
Elevation: ATL-BTL


Avalanches: Couple of wet slides that pulled out as point releases from below rocks on east tilt below treeline just above valley floor. Then all of the other ones documented in the area from a couple of days before. Of note, looked at the one in the palace and the avalanche had roared through some pretty dense trees causing some pause as to what true islands of safety really are.
Weather: Good, if you’re into sunny and warm. I prefer cloudy, snowy and cold though. Nuclear (or nucular as Dubyah used to say) in the valley floor.
Snowpack: NE aspect most of the way along the ridge had a serious windboard complete with that spooky hollow sound. Further down the ridge snow surface softened.
Below treeline soft with a couple clips of windcrust and easterlies had suncrurst. A lot of snow pulled out in the avalanches in the palace area, back to hitting some rocks toward the bottom, you know like back in December…