Touchy

CB Avalanche Center 2017-18 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 01/29/2018

Subject: Touchy
Aspect: North, North East
Elevation: atl, tl, btl

Avalanches:

Plenty of pockets of old avalanches on anything due north in the trees and steeper than 30 degrees. Once we dipped below treeline on descent there was plenty of cracking in top 10-14 inches on N and NE aspects on steeper slopes. Got a pocket to release, 14 inches deep, above a skier while skiing a due north gully that was no steeper than 30 degrees, maybe 32 degrees at the point of release. Top 14 inches moving slowly for about 75 feet and then crept to a stop. Burial not likely but would have sucked on steeper, more sustained pitch. Super slick bed surface evident as we continued lower in elevation.

Weather: April warm, not a hint of wind
Snowpack: 18 inches deep and facets at the start of hike getting progressively deeper the higher we climbed reaching a depth of 5 feet, give or take, above treeline with stiff and thick midpack sitting on good old facets. Eight inches of ski pen as we got higher and on the descent off of ridge top.