The New and Still Developing Persistent Slab. Santas Persistent Slab

CB Avalanche Center 2018-19 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 12/23/2018
Name: Evan Ross

Subject: The New and Still Developing Persistent Slab. Santas Persistent Slab
Aspect: East, South, West
Elevation: Mostly BTL/NTL 9,500-11,800

Avalanches:

One natural D1 on a cross loaded easterly aspect at 9,900ft.

Weather: NTL the winds were just gusting to moderate with some blowing snow at times. In the Alpine it looked like less blowing snow than I would have thought. Definitely stronger winds in the alpine and the drifting snow may have been hard to see with the gray’ish light.
Snowpack: No current signs to instability observed on this particular tour. Cut some good wind-loaded terrain but no results. Never did find wind-loading greater than about 20cm so maybe not the most suspect areas.

Tracked the new and developing PSa avalanche problem on the 12/19 interface. Santas Persistent Slab. See notes on pictures.

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