Washington Gulch Instability

LOCATION: Crested Butte Area
DATE OF OBSERVATION: 01/15/2015
NAME: Irwin Guides (CBMG)
SUBJECT: Washington Gulch Instability
ASPECT: North East, East
ELEVATION: 9300-10800

WEATHER: Clear and calm.

SNOWPACK: Well developed surface hoar observed at all elevations. Surface snow is already beginning to facet, and is losing cohesiveness. Ski penetration in this zone seems to be increasing with surface faceting cycle happening. Observed 2 fairly major collapses and some cracking when making hard ski turns on slopes around 35*, but nothing moved (see pic below). Slabs losing cohesiveness in this zone ??

UPLOADS:

Echelon cracks noted on hard turn mid-slope from skier on January 15th, 2015

Echelon cracks noted on hard turn mid-slope from skier on January 15th, 2015