Washington Gulch near treeline observation

CB Avalanche Center 2017-18 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 03/25/2018
Name: Eric Murrow

Subject: Washington Gulch near treeline observation
Aspect: North East
Elevation: 11600’

Avalanches:

Observed one very small skier triggered wet loose avalanche avalanche on Coneys, approximately 10,400 feet east aspect from either today or yesterday.

Weather: Overcast skies with light winds.
Snowpack: Went to check out northerly near treeline slopes. Poked a hole at “top of the world” and found HS of 130cm on NE slope. Of note was thin weak crust at the base of 3/23 storm snow from warm temps or a small bit of rain. Storm snow bonded well to this crust and the crust was well bonded to the snow below. A layer of facets was present 50cms below surface and produced an ECTP 13. Not sure how widespread this is across forecast area, but warrants consideration. Below facets was pencil hard snow. See photo.

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