Touchy storm slabs in the Paradise Divide zone

CB Avalanche Center 2018-19 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 11/23/2018
Name: Alex Banas

Subject: Touchy storm slabs in the Paradise Divide zone
Aspect: North East, East
Elevation: 10,000′ – 11,000′


SS-ASc-R2-D1.5-I This soft slab avalanche propagated from 30* terrain through a gully feature and onto the adjacent slope.

Weather: Overcast. Snowing S1 . Moderate winds from the West.
Snowpack: Today we observed widespread cracking and collapsing on E-NE terrain around 10,500′. Shooting cracks out 20+m. HS varied from 40-95cm. It was a weak over very week set up with the snowpack failing on facets at the interface of the new and old snow, mostly on an old faceted out crust. Storm Slabs varied from 20-45cm thick.