Warm Day at Evans Basin

CB Avalanche Center 2014-15 Observations

LOCATION: Kebler Pass Area
NAME: Dustin Eldridge
SUBJECT: Warm Day at Evans Basin
ASPECT: North, North East, East, South East
ELEVATION: 9000-11500

AVALANCHES: Saw a small point release or two (R1 D1) from trees and rock bands.

WEATHER: Hot! Gusty W winds on ridgetops, hardly noticeable elsewhere. Clouds slowly built throughout the day.

SNOWPACK: Just about anything you can imagine. On a small lee slope near TL I found everything from a supportive melted crust on more E-facing slopes and non supportive full depth facets on N-facing slopes that were sheltered from the wind. Slopes in between were supportive and showcased a nice surface hoar layer around 3-4 inches from the snow surface. Produced a clean Q1 shear on some baby burping. (Isolate a column and toss it up and down lightly). Snowpack was around 120 cm and deeper with some spots so supportive that I couldn’t push a pole through (these were more N-facing but likely benefited from the wind).