Unstable snowpack where you can find old October snow.

CB Avalanche Center2017-18 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 11/19/2017
Name: Evan Ross
Subject: Unstable snowpack were you can find old October snow.
Aspect: North East, East, South
Elevation: 9,700-12,300

Weather: Few Clouds, light west winds at Ridgeline.
Snowpack: A potentially unstable snowpack where old October snow was found at the bottom of the snowpack, and stable, supportive skiing on slopes that were dry before 11/17/2017.

On south and east slopes traveled. HS was in the 30-60cm range with only the 11/17 snow on the ground. No sings of instability. Ski pen around 5-10cm. Southerly slopes warmed with a soft crust in the afternoon.

On a northeast slope the snowpack structure looked poor. With the 11/17 storm snow sitting on faceted older snow. Depending on the aspect tilt, some of the those facets were capped by 1-3cm crust. The 11/17 slab had lots of Graupel mixed in, leaving the slab to look a little less cohesive then observed in other locations.