Warm and wet loose

Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 03/11/2016
Name: Zach Guy
Subject: Warm and wet loose
Aspect: East, South, West
Elevation: 10,000-12,000 ft

Avalanches: Skier triggered one small loose wet on a steep E aspect ATL. Looked like two D1.5 loose wet were skier triggered on the S face of Mt. Owen. Fairly widespread loose wet activity from yesterday on E, S, W aspects on most steep, rocky slopes N/ATL, D1 in size.
Weather: Hottest day of this year. Temps reached 50F at 10k and 38F at 12k. Calm to light winds. Few clouds built to scattered thin by late afternoon.
Snowpack: 3/6 crust remained frozen and supportive, but top 6″ thawed and became very wet, with shallow wet loose instabilities developing by 11:30 a.m. on east aspects and rotating around the southern end of the compass. We even observed rollerballs on NE aspect NTL today.

The two loose wet avalanches off the south face appeared to be skier triggered today (3/11).  The other slides off the E/SE ridge ran naturally yesterday (3/10)

The two loose wet avalanches off the south face appeared to be skier triggered today (3/11). The other slides off the E/SE ridge ran naturally yesterday (3/10)

S/SE face of purple peak, with small loose wet avalanches that ran naturally 3/10.

S/SE face of purple peak, with small loose wet avalanches that ran naturally 3/10.