Stubborn Loose Wet Avalanche

CB Avalanche Center 2016-17 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 03/11/2017
Name: El Duderino
Subject: Stubborn Loose Wet Avalanche
Aspect: North, East, South
Elevation: 9,800-11,700

Avalanches: 2 new (D1, D1.5) off East facing cliffs ~mid-day
a couple of older wet loose
Weather: Warm with hazy high cloud winds gusting moderate to strong. Breeze kept the snow from getting too moist/wet
Snowpack: N, @ 10,600 Forest, CTN, pried off with shovel at bottom of cut. Failing at well preserved graupel layer (1F, crusty, BRKN)
right side up with increasing hardness as descending, with just one skip back to 4F between 1F layers.
glide cracks developing on East under cliffs in multiple zones, but not on North in adjacent terrain
ski cut produced a stubborn little WL on ~38* that quickly stopped as terrain flattened on overcooked S slope. Steeper, larger, more continuous slope would have been worried.