Standard Wet Loose, Or Great Skiing

CB Avalanche Center 2018-19 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 03/26/2019
Name: Evan Ross

Subject: Standard Wet Loose, Or Great Skiing
Aspect: North, East, South, West
Elevation: 9,500-12,400


The wet loose natural cycle had hit East, South and West yesterday at all elevations, and that same theme continued today. Easterly slopes were producing more Wet Loose Avalanches then southerly slopes and we were not out late enough to see what happened today vs yesterday on west. This avalanche problem was generally small and easy to manage, but sure would suck to get caught up in.

Weather: Warm, good solar, and some high thin clouds building by late morning. Calm to light winds.

Snowpack: Same same. The 30cm sitting on the 3/21 interface is cold and a really good time on north. On East, South and West the snow surface was crusty in the morning and became wet with wet loose avalanche issues as the snow warmed. Pulled the prob out once during the climb of a westerly facing bowl above treeline and on the backside of the Ruby Mountains. HS low in the terrain feature was 325cm. Climbing higher into a craggy steep starting zone the HS decreased to the 240-280cm range.