Warm up and recent cornice fall avalanche

CB Avalanche Center 2018-19 Observations

Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 02/26/2019
Name: Eric Murrow

Subject: Warm up and recent cornice fall avalanche
Aspect: North, North East, East, South East, South, South West, West, North West


-A few very small, loose wet avalanches were visible on steep, rocky, SE terrain on Ruby (BTL and NTL) and as well as steep, rocky, S and SW slopes on Mount Crested Butte (BTL).
-In the AM noticed a fresh cornice fall triggered slab on Whetstone in the hidden lake basin. Sure appears as this thing ran on Monday sometime, D2.5.

Weather: Moderate air temps with light winds below treeline and lots of solar.

Snowpack: When for a quick trip up Kebler Pass in the afternoon to check on the surface conditions on sunny slopes below treeline. Below about 10,000′ SE-S-SW surfaces were wetted down about 4 to 5 inches. As you climbed above 10,000′ surface wetting only went down to about 2 to 3 inches up to about 11,000′. Close to due east had a weak breaker curst at the surface. Viewed a few snowmobile high marks in below treeline terrain on sunny slopes without results.